indra mantra

This page is here to serve anyone who wants to learn Indra’s mantras for various occasions and concerns, or simply for the joy of bhakti.

(I am a devotee and not a scholar; my Sanskrit knowledge is very slight. If you find errors in this post, or any other, please do bring the mistake{s} to my attention.)

Page updated 1 July 2012 to correct the Indra sahasranāma. If you downloaded the document before that date, please delete your copy and download the corrected version.

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Worship mantras
Indra Sahasranāma: Śrī Gaṇapati Muni (also known as Kāvyakaṇṭha) was a great scholar and a disciple of Śrī Ramana Mahaṛṣi, and he composed several devotional works devoted to Indra. The most well-known of these is the indrasahasranāmastotram.

The Indra Sahasranāma, the Thousand Names of Indra which Śrī Kāvyakaṇṭha compiled from Ṛgveda, may be downloaded here (with translation) or here (no translation).

Any, or all, of these names may be used for worship, by chanting each one with “oṃ” before and “namaḥ” after, e.g. oṃ indrāya namaḥ, oṃ devatamāya namaḥ, etc.

(The halting efforts at English translation are mine. I provided only very brief, general ideas for these names, so that the document didn’t get too long to be usable. It is a work in progress, as I’ve not been able to find every name – and as with everything else on my blog, I welcome corrections.)

Indra Bhagavan: The most well-known of the twelve-lettered “bhagavate” mantras is “oṃ namo bhagavate vasudevāya.” Variations of this mantra exist, two addressed to Indra:

oṃ namo bhagavate mahārājāya
Oṃ and salutations to the supreme lord of lords/king of kings.

oṃ namo bhagavate rājadevāya
Oṃ and salutations to the supreme king of Devas/divine ruler.

Indra Gāyatrī: One of the most sacred Hindu prayers/mantras is the Sāvitrī gāyatrī (Ṛgveda III.62.10 – tat savitur vareṇyam | bhargo devasya dhīmahi | dhiyo yo naḥ pracodayāt ||). Other mantras in the gāyatrī metre, similar in form to this well-known verse, are provided in later texts, each requesting a different Deva’s guidance and inspiration.

Indra Gāyatrī is recommended for those seeking protection and security, but may be used for general devotion as well. Here are a few versions of Indra Gāyatrī. First:

oṃ devarājāya vidmahe |
vajrahastāya dhīmahi |
tannaḥ indraḥ prachodayāt ||

“Oṃ, let us meditate upon the King of Devas. May that great God who holds the thunderbolt in his hand, inspire and illumine our mind and understanding.”

This version is chanted as track #6, “Indra Gayathri,” on the CD Zodiac Signs – Vrischika Rasi – Scorpio by Prof. Thiagarajan and Sanskrit Scholars. One may also chant the above mantra, replacing “devarājāya” with sahasranetrāya (“thousand-eyed one”). Another variant I have heard is to chant tatpuruṣāya (referring to the Puruṣa, the Cosmic or Universal Man) here. (This is chanted by Prakash Rao as track #27, “Indra Gayathri Manthram,” of the CD set Sakala Devatha Gayathri Manthravali.)

Another version is:
oṃ devarājāya vidmahe |
vajrahastāya dhīmahi |
tannaḥ śakraḥ pracodayāt ||

“Oṃ, let us meditate upon the King of Devas. May that mighty God, who holds the thunderbolt in his hand, inspire and illumine our understanding.” This mantra appears in the Linga Purāṇa, 2.48.18.

Indra-Stuti: This intriguing prayer is chanted by Utaṇka in the Pauṣya Parva, Adi Parva of the Mahābhārata. Here are its last two verses, with translation:

vajrasya bhartā bhuvanasya goptā vṛtrasya hantā namucernihantā |
kṛṣṇe vasāno vasane mahātmā satyānṛte yo vivinakti loke ||

Oh wielder of the Vajra, protector of the universe, the slayer of Vṛtra and Namuci.
Oh illustrious one, who wears the black cloth, and displays the truth and untruth of the universe.

yo vājinaṃ garbham-apāṃ purāṇaṃ vaiśvānaraṃ vāhanam-abhyupetaḥ |
namaḥ sadāsmai jagadīśvarāya lokatrayeśāya purandarāya ||

Who has for your vehicle, the horse received from the ocean’s depths, the fiery Vaiśvānara,
I salute you, supreme lord of the universe, lord of the three worlds, destroyer of strongholds.

Mantras for particular purposes
Gaṇeśa Pūjā: The Himalayan Academy’s Gaṇeśa pūjā invokes Indra’s protection and grace, near the end of the ritual.

After offering water and rice to Gaṇeśa, the devotee should circle a flower over the lamp flame three times, praying Indra with this mantra (from Āśvalāyana Śrauta Sūtra, 4.12.2c):

indra stomena pañcadaśena
madhyam idam vātena sagareṇa
rakṣa rakṣāṃ dhārayāmi ||

The flower should be gently dropped towards the Deity in offering, the hands placed in namaskāraṃ, and then the lamp flame taken by all devotees present.

Marriage: To secure a harmonious marriage, and particularly in cases of delayed marriage, Indra and his wife Śacī are worshipped together with the mantras oṃ laṁ indrāya namaḥ and oṃ līṁ indrānyai namaḥ. (See also “bīja mantras” below for more information about seed-syllable “laṁ”.)

Another mantra to worship the Lord and his Śakti together comes from Śiva pūjā; it is oṃ śacīpuraṇdarābhyāṃ namaḥ.

Indra Dikpāla: Indra is worshipped, particularly in Tantric ritual, as a directional guardian (Dikpāla); the mantra to invoke him in the East is oṃ indrāya pūrvāyai namaḥ. The Svacchanda-tantra lists another invocation as oṃ indrāya vajrahastāya namaḥ.

Protection from nightmare and/or lightning-strike may be secured by gaining the aid of Indra. Praise his son Arjuna with the recitation of Arjuna’s ten names:

Arjuna (bright, shining)
Phālguna (one born under nakshatra Uttara Phālgunī)
Jiṣṇu (unconquerable, leader of the heavenly host)
Kirīti (who wears the shining diadem)
Śvetavāhana (whose chariot is drawn by shining steeds)
Bībhatsu (fair fighter, terrifying to behold in battle)
Vijaya (victorious)
Pārtha (scholar-student, son of Kuṃtī)
Savyasāci (ambidextrous one)
Dhanañjaya (winner of great wealth).

Bīja mantras
I have read in several sources that bīja mantra meditation may not be the ideal exercise for a beginner, as a bīja (seed) mantra is something like a pure distillation of the deity’s essence. If one is new to Lord Indra and/or mantra meditation, it may be better to start with a simple mantra (one of those given in Indra’s sahasranāma, for example) to understand Indra personally, before approaching a bīja mantra that will convey his subtle nuances, higher wisdom, and powerful energies.

These mantras and their meanings come from the works of Śrī Gaṇapati Muni and Paṇḍit Vāmadeva Śāstrī; relevant passages from the latter are taken from the article “The Mantric Approach of the Vedas” and the book Mantra Yoga and Primal Sound. All writings in quotation marks are the words of Vāmadeva.

Hīṃ
“Hīṃ refers to the power of the Vajra or the lightning bolt of pure perception that Indra, the deity of cosmic prana, wields.”

Hūm
“Hūm is more an Agni mantra as Hota, but can be used for Indra as Vidyut-Agni.”
It “is a mantra of the inner fire or thermogenic force. It both calls the divine down into us and offers our soul upward to the Divine for transformation in the sacred fire of awareness…It is used to destroy negativity and creates great passion and vitality. As a powerful mantra it should also be used carefully. Yet it can be used in a more gentle manner to invoke divine grace and protection. Through it we can offer ourselves or our afflictions into the Divine for purification and transformation.
“Hūm is a Vedic mantra of Agni or fire. It is the mantra used to make offerings into the sacred fire. It also is used to call or invoke the fire and to make it flame up more brilliantly. It represents the soul hidden the body, the Divine immanent in the world. It governs the earth and the material sphere in general.”

Īṃ
“Another important mantra for Indra is īṃ, as the lord of higher perception. That is what Ganapati and Daivarata call the Rigvedic Pranava.” (Pranava is “the Cosmic Word: through its power, the secret of all Vedic mantras can be revealed.”)
“It is the power of Divine light and seeing…It projects an energy and power of perception, the electrical force of seeing. It is the mantric sound of the eyes in the Mantra Purusha. The mantra īṃ allows for the awakening of the Shakti of any mantra, and also provides the vision behind the mantra, its knowledge component.”

Krīṃ
Krīṃ is “Vidyut Shakti, which is associated with Indra and the supreme Prana.”
It “is a mantra of Indra, the supreme deity of the Vedas, the Divine as the cosmic lord and enlightenment force. Krīṃ is the thunderbolt or Vajra that destroys the serpent of ignorance and releases the light of absolute truth. It represents the force of the atmosphere…and carries the supreme life force.”

Laṃ
Laṃ is “mainly a mantra for Indra as a directional deity, though [it] also relates to the Vajra.”
It is also the bīja mantra for the mūlādhāra (first/root) cakra.

Oṃ
It is the “power of divine prana and hearing.” It is also associated with Indra as “chhandasama rishibha, the bull of the chants.”

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46 thoughts on “indra mantra

  1. Hiranyaretas 03 Aug 2011 at 08:37 Reply

    Thank you..
    I feel like copying this post and putting it as a child page under my Indra page….

    Will you let me?
    If you want I could just link(back) to this also..

    • pushkar 29 Jun 2015 at 14:24 Reply

      I want lord indra stuti, I search it no found if anybody found plz send me

  2. Kāmya 05 Aug 2011 at 08:22 Reply

    I’m placing my permission up here so that people will see it; of course the answer is yes. (And I’ve fixed a bit of the wonky Sanskrit since you copied/pasted – left out a few marks in the original post.)

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  4. shivakumar 01 Jul 2013 at 11:30 Reply

    all the mantras given here are very usefull thank you for providing this

    • Arjunī 01 Jul 2013 at 12:24 Reply

      Thank you for looking at them; the more people pray to Indra Deva, the happier I feel. :)

      • amit 01 Jan 2014 at 23:05 Reply

        Indra is an ancient Vedic God. We should worship him.

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  6. rajeev a majan 21 Dec 2013 at 02:19 Reply

    thank you very much sir as i was looking for prayers to Indra,as my star is thriketta.
    rajeev.a.majan@gmail.com

    • Arjunī 12 Jun 2014 at 11:37 Reply

      You’re very welcome. Thank you for letting me know that this page helped you!

  7. Ravi Shankar 27 Mar 2014 at 21:39 Reply

    I am looking for an Indra Mantra which is for success for projects undertaken. It is just a two line mantra, I read it in a Tamil book but deeply suspicious of the contamination in the pronunciation on conversion for Sanskrit to Tamil. The lines are
    “Airavatham Gajarudum, swarana varna kiritinum
    Suhasranayanam chakram vajrapanim Vibavayeth”

    Would be helpful if you can post this mantra on your blog.

    Kind Regards,
    Ravi
    ravishankar.s@hotmail.com

    • Arjunī 12 Jun 2014 at 11:36 Reply

      Unfortunately, I’ve looked for this mantra and been unable to find it in Sanskrit. I’m grateful for your post that provides the Tamil words for everyone to read, and if I come across any other version, I will be sure to add it here!

    • Keijah 04 Jun 2017 at 08:37 Reply

      The Verse is as follows

      Airaavatha Gajaarudam Swarnavarnam Kireetinam
      Sahasra Nayanam Shakram Vajrapanim Vibhavayeth

      This is the dhyana shloka for dikpalaka indra.

  8. rohan r. pednekar 08 Jul 2014 at 07:51 Reply

    thanks a lot Sir, this mantras will help me in my chaotic phase of life and for the research I doing.

    • Arjunī 08 Jul 2014 at 08:00 Reply

      Thank you so much for your kind comment. I wish you well in your life and work and hope that these mantras bring you blessings.

  9. Jnan 22 Feb 2015 at 22:30 Reply

    A mantra addressed to Indra the king of gods and guardian of east:

    Pitavarnam sahasraksham vajrapadmadharam vibhum
    Sarvalankara samyuktam naumindram dikpatiswaram.

    I bow to Indra the yellow coloured thousand eyed wielder of thunderbolt and lotus, full of all decorations and lord of all the guardians of directions.

    Please forgive me if you find any mistake in my translation. I am just a devotee of Lord Indra.

    • Arjunī 22 Feb 2015 at 22:34 Reply

      Thank you very much for giving this mantra! To be a devotee of Lord Indra is a wonderful thing. :)

  10. Jnan 09 Mar 2015 at 01:56 Reply

    Some avatars of Lord Indra:

    1. Savya (son of Angiras)
    2. Mesha (sheep)
    3. Mena (daughter of Vyushanaswa)
    4. King Shibi
    5. A fox
    6. Vali
    7. Arjuna

    Please give some other avatars also.
    Thank you.
    Jai Sree Ganesh
    Jai Indra Bhagavan
    Jai Suryanarayana

    • Arjunī 09 Mar 2015 at 12:39 Reply

      Kauśika (per Sāyaṇa, this name in ṚV 1.10.11 indicates that Indra took birth as Kuśika’s son)
      The hunter who appears to Uttaṅka in Mahābhārata

      And there are stories which tell of Indra’s appearance in the forms of quail, hawk or eagle (that’s what you mean by “King Shibi”, right?), horsetail, ant, leech, parrot, falcon, rooster, peacock, monkey, pig, cat, and even brick.

      • Jnan 10 Mar 2015 at 20:53 Reply

        Yes Indra did appeared as a hawk before King Shibi. But King Shibi himself was an amshavatara of Lord Indra.

  11. Jnan 11 Mar 2015 at 02:52 Reply

    I have heard that many of the Vaishnava temples like Guruvayoor sreekrishna temple were originally dedicated to Indra but now all worship is in the name of his brother Vishnu. Is there any temple in which Indra is still worshipped as the presiding deity?

    • Arjunī 11 Mar 2015 at 08:38 Reply

      While I’ve heard hints here and there, I have no evidence that Indra was worshipped as the main deity in any Hindu temple (at least, not in India). Most of the sources I’ve read agree that Vedic religious practice emphasized the yajña (and may have been aniconic as well), and ruined temples once believed to be His have since been identified as dedicated to other Devas.

      I’m going by the information written in books, since I live in Canada and don’t know anyone with knowledge of temples and their deities both past and present. So what you’ve heard may well be true! But I can only confirm that there are a few Indra shrines housed within other (modern) temples; I keep a small list of those here.

  12. Jnan 13 Mar 2015 at 23:37 Reply

    I am planning to create a page for Vedic deities like Indra and Surya including their Mantras. Can I take some Mantras given here ?

    • Arjunī 16 Mar 2015 at 09:10 Reply

      Please don’t use the Indra sahasranāma; I typed out the names myself, so I’d prefer those files not be reproduced elsewhere, in case I’ve made a mistake. But you’re welcome to take any of the other mantras on this page. They came from books and other websites, so they should be correct. :)

  13. jayamsharavanakumar 24 Oct 2015 at 12:55 Reply

    Indra temple is in kancheepuram. Near pandavar thoodhu pona perumal temple.

    • Arjunī 26 Oct 2015 at 14:51 Reply

      Thank you very much for writing this; I hope that people who visit the area or live nearby will see this helpful message and go visit the temple for themselves. :)

  14. vedic 15 Jan 2016 at 01:20 Reply

    hey guys, i need snskrit translator (in sanskrit script of these mantras)i hope you can help me.

    1) oṃ devarājāya vidmahe | vajrahastāya dhīmahi | tannaḥ indraḥ prachodayāt ||

    2) vajrasya bhartā bhuvanasya goptā vṛtrasya hantā namucernihantā | kṛṣṇe vasāno vasane mahātmā satyānṛte yo vivinakti loke ||

    3) yo vājinaṃ garbham-apāṃ purāṇaṃ vaiśvānaraṃ vāhanam-abhyupetaḥ | namaḥ sadāsmai jagadīśvarāya lokatrayeśāya purandarāya || 4) oṃ indrāya pūrvāyai namaḥ

  15. ravi torane 13 May 2016 at 10:22 Reply

    Does anybody know Indra Yantra?

    • Arjunī 20 Apr 2017 at 10:33 Reply

      Several businesses online sell Indra yantra for the home; if you enter “Indra yantra” into a search engine, the first several matches will show you an image.

  16. Mohana 07 Dec 2016 at 20:28 Reply

    Sir, plz rectify my questions.To achieve some goal which devandra mandhras to be pronounced

  17. Siva Kumar Bandari 30 Dec 2016 at 15:02 Reply

    Thank you for the Indra Mantras :)

    • Arjunī 20 Apr 2017 at 10:41 Reply

      You are very welcome. I feel happy that you have benefit from them. :)

  18. shachiadiga 19 Apr 2017 at 22:13 Reply

    This is really enlightening, I wanted to learn shlokas of lord Indra from a long time. And I found your document very informative.
    I just have one small thing to say. You have mentioned about Indra’s wife as sacī, but the spelling is actually Shachi.
    Thank you.

    • Arjunī 20 Apr 2017 at 10:30 Reply

      Oh dear! I see her named in the Marriage section as Śacī (the Ś signifying a “sh” sound in IAST), but might have spelled it with a plain “S” elsewhere, by mistake. Can you point out where I made the error? I’ve looked through this post twice and can’t find it!

      Thank you for the kind comment to my blog and this post in particular.

  19. Rian 01 Jun 2017 at 09:41 Reply

    Thanks for informative article..I want to know more about Lord Indra’s kingdom and hierarchy in his kingdom as well as tales of Lord Indra..What book or sources are available?
    Also off topic…can I know more about Devadoot (messangers of God) in Hinduism..
    Asking u Sir since u seem to be very knowledgeable..
    Many Thanks..

    • Arjunī 01 Jun 2017 at 11:42 Reply

      I’m afraid that I don’t know much about the hierarchy of Lord Indra’s kingdom, but for good sources about Indra, I can recommend the books Indra, Lord of Divine Mind by R.L. Kashyap and Indra and Varuna in Indian Mythology by Usha Choudhuri. Also, I have not heard of Devadoot in Hinduism, only in Buddhism (as in this text, for example).

      • Rian 01 Jun 2017 at 23:37 Reply

        Thanks so much for your quick response

  20. John 22 Dec 2017 at 13:29 Reply

    Do we need initiation to recite the Indra gayatri? And does it protect in general? E.g. against physical harm, disease, demons, etc. or just one thing?

    Thank you.

    • Kāmyā 03 Jan 2018 at 09:23 Reply

      I do not know whether initiation is required to recite the mantra. I have read that it provides both security and success, but that both concepts have a martial energy, i.e., relating to victory and triumph over enemies. I suppose it could protect against harm, disease, etc. if you viewed sickness as an “enemy”!

  21. Naaa 17 Feb 2018 at 03:33 Reply

    i am searching from some time for a picture of lord indra for worship do you happen to know of any

    • Kāmyā 18 Feb 2018 at 12:14 Reply

      I do see that the Indra yantra is available for sale in several places, but I regret that I don’t know any sources of a devotional image for worship. What I did was to print out a public domain picture at home and then frame it.

  22. Kartik 18 Feb 2018 at 17:54 Reply

    Hello sir I find a mantra of Indra dev that is
    Asy pitvasat krato dhano
    vrutranaambhavh
    Pravo vaheshu vahinam
    Yasy sansthe na vrute vrunvate hari
    Samatsu shatravah
    Tasme Indra yada yada
    Indra Indra
    May anyone tell me that this mantra for which purpose? Please

  23. Kalyan 27 Jul 2018 at 01:04 Reply

    Arjuni or Kamya Your blog is wonderful.I never came across websites or blogs dedicated to God Indra.Collect some more information about god Indra and let the people know about God Indra.Best of luck to you

  24. Bob 02 Aug 2018 at 11:03 Reply

    Thanks for sharing information on the God Indra. I’ve been doing research, trying to know the god better. Your page is helpful and a great resource. Over time, I’ve selected Dev Indra as me deity and have his statue as well. I’m interested to learn how to make an offering to the God that’s best.

    • Kāmyā 02 Aug 2018 at 14:08 Reply

      You’re very welcome for the information; I hope it helps you in your path. My feeling has been that the offering into fire (like homa or agnihotra) is excellent, as are the self-into-Self offerings of Yoga practice, particularly prāṇāyāma. This excerpt from the wonderful Vedic Yoga explains the latter idea beautifully.

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