Shachi (Indrāṇī)

Indrani (Shachi)

Indrāṇī (Shachi)

Indrāṇī is considered, “Queen of the Gods.” Among the Navagraha, she is associated with Śūkra (Venus) as his overruler. She is the consort of Indra and daughter of the Asura, Puloman.

She is called the goddess of anger, wrath, and jealousy. She is also named Sachi/Shachi (Śakti), as well as Aindri, Vajri, Mahendri, Pulomaja, and Poulomi. A hymn in the Rgveda describes her jealousy of rivals. Being the goddess of jealousy, she is believed to help in destroying jealousy.

According to ancient Vedas, she was a female shadow of Indra, but other Vedic literature suggests that she actually developed the idea of Śakti (what a fantastic “shadow”) and became the role model for all devi in the “later period. Unlike most other devi, Shachi/Indrāṇī is an independent force. In fact, rather than Indrāṇī being named after Indra, it’s actually Indra who was named after Indrāṇī. 

Indra’s name of Shachipati translates as, “master of Śakti,” and his name of ShachiVat translates as, “possessor of Shachi (Śakti)” Still, the masculine attempts to control the feminine power, as the Vedas suggests that the feminine embodies the power, that the goddess is the power, the Śakti, and the masculine can only possess it. 

Indrāṇī rides/is associated with lions and elephants and, like Indra, rides a charging white elephant. She is the essence of beauty and was referred to as “The Endless Beauty” in Hindu epics and very beautiful in the Rgveda, with exceptionally beautiful eyes (one thousand of them). According to the Taittiriya Brahman, Indra desires Indrāṇī as his wife above all others [simply] because of her captivating, voluptuous features. She’s dark-skinned, with two, four, or six arms and is armed with the Vajra (thunderbolt), goad, noose and lotus stalk. Adorned with variety of ornaments, she wears the kiriṭa mukuṭa.

Indrāṇī’s consort, Indra, killed her own father, Puloman, as he was an Asura. Indrāṇī and Indra were parents to Jayanta, Jayanti, Midhusa, Nilambara, Rbhus, Rsabha, and Chitragupta.

[Indrani was position as one of the nine astral deities who were the uppermost of gods in south.]