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(Hindu Demon)VRITRA

Also known as AHI, VRTRA

Three headed serpent demon of drought. Known as the enveloper, he stole all of the worlds water and wouldn't give it back.

A newly born Indra was armed by Tvashtri with thunderbolts and had Vishnu take three path clearing steps so he could have an obstacle free run at Vritra's ninety nine fortreses in a Soma induced rage.

Indra had both of his jaws broken in the ensuing battle, which is always a risk you run when charging head first into bricks and mortar, but he still managed to destroy the dastardly dragon and his entire empire. Danu, the mother of Vritra and all of the Danava's took a terminal beating too - which was an unexpected bonus.

There's a little confusion as to whether Indra accomplished this task alone, as three Asuras - Varuna, Soma and Agni - are sometimes implicated as either accomplices of the booze loving Indra OR sidekick of Vritra whom they refer to as father.

On top of that an alternative story sometimes pops up which seems to have been created to manipulate Vishnu's popularity and send him straight to the top of the Hindu Pantheon. Damn you interfering holy men!
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'VRITRA' - Indian entry : 06 May 2007
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