Antique Thai Style Seated Bronze Indra Statue - 44cm/18"
Measures - (Height) 44cm/18"
An antique Thai style Indra statue dating to the end of the 19th century/early 20th century.
Indra is an ancient Vedic deity, a deity in Hinduism, a guardian deity in Buddhism and the king of the highest heaven called Saudharmakalpa in Jainism. His mythologies and powers are similar, though not identical, to other Indo-European deities such as Jupiter, Perun, Perkunas, Taranis, Zeus and Thor.
In the Vedas, Indra is the king of Svarga (Heaven) and the Devas. He is the deity of the heavens, lightning, thunder, storms, rains, river flows, and war. Indra is the most referred to deity in the Rigveda. He is celebrated for his powers.
Indra rules over the much-sought Devas realm of rebirth within the Samsara doctrine of Buddhist traditions. However, like the Hindu texts, Indra also is a subject of ridicule and reduced to a figurehead status in Buddhist texts, shown as a god that suffers rebirth and redeath.
The ceremonial name of Bangkok claims that the city was 'given by Indra and built by Vishvakarman.
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