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INDRANI. [Source: Dowson's Classical Dictionary of Hindu Mythology] Wife of Indra, and mother of Jayanta and Jayanti. She is also called Sachi and Aindri.

She is mentioned a few times in the Rigveda, and is said to be the most fortunate of females, "for her husband shall never die of old age." The Taittiriya Brahmana states that Indra chose her for his wife from a number of competing goddesses, because she surpassed them all in voluptuous attractions.

In the Ramayana and Puranas she appears as the daughter of the Daitya Puloman, from whom she has the patronymic Paulomi. She was ravished by Indra, who killed her father to escape his curse.

According to the Mahabharata, King Nahusha became enamoured of her, and she escaped from him with difficulty.

Indrani has never been held in very high esteem as a goddess.

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