Indra is the king of the gods and the god of thunder. He appears as a man with golden skin.

In early times, Indra is shown riding in a chariot pulled by two horses. He carries a thunderbolt in his right hand. In later times, Indra is shown riding on a white elephant named Airavarta.

Indra loves soma, the intoxicating drink which gives him his strength.

Indra defends gods and men against the demon Vritra and drought. As the storm god and fertility god, he is responsible for bringing rain to the plains.

Indra is in charge of regulating the heavens, days, months and seasons.

Indra's consort is Indrani.