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...the Vedic thundergod is to be identified with the planet Mars based upon his
fundamental affinity with Heracles, Verethragna, and Vahagn, each of whom was
identified with the red planet by their respective cultures. The identification with
Mars, although surprising at first sight, is actually the key to deciphering the
multifaceted mythology surrounding the thundergod, as virtually every characteristic
of Indra's finds a close analogue in ancient conceptions associated with Mars.
Read more : On Thundergods and Thunderbolts