|Lineages||Hindu and Buddhist|
Indra and Indrani. Indra is also known by the name Shakra in early Buddhist sutras. Indra is related to the gods Zeus, Jupiter, and the Tantric deity Hevajra.
Identification: the God Indra, in a relaxed seated posture, is identified by the lotus flower blossom next to the left shoulder with a vajra scepter above, a unique crown - fan shaped, and a third eye on the forehead. The eye is typically in a horizontal position. Buddhist deities with a third eye have it in a sideways turned position.
Indra can sometimes be confused with the figures of Manjushri, Maitreya, Vajrapani and Avalokiteshvara who can also be found depicted in a similar seated posture but without the very broad fan shaped crown.
Jeff Watt 2-2014