Indra is a lesser god in Hindu mythology. He becomes obsessed with the perfect woman, Ahalya, and tricks her into having sex with him before assuming the body of a cat to escape. As punishment, Ahalya's husband curses Indra's feline body to be covered in "a thousand female marks." When Indra's embarrassment at his state causes him to be unable to perform his duties as a god, Ahalya's husband changes the "female marks" to eyes, and Indra is known from then on as the "thousand-eyed god." He offers Rama his magical chariot to help defeat Ravana.
Indra Character Timeline in The Ramayana
The timeline below shows where the character Indra appears in The Ramayana. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
1. Rama's Initiation
...become vassal kingdoms of the horse's owner. Because the horse's owner can challenge the god Indra after completing this sacrifice, the gods become nervous when they hear that this sacrifice will... (full context)
12. Rama and Ravana in Battle
...of the universe Vishnu's conch answers with its own call. Matali follows this by blowing Indra's conch, and the battle begins. Ravana shoots arrows at Rama, but Rama's arrows stop Ravana's... (full context)