The story of the present Indra meeting previous Indras seems inspired by a story from the Mahabharata
which I had posted a few years ago in the forum for Ekta Maiya's MahaSoapBharata
Basically it was one of several stories and arguments used to convince Drupad to give his permission for Draupadi's polyandrous marriage. Here is the relevant part:
ago, the devas had arranged a great yajna in the Naimishi forest near
the confluence of Bhagirathi and Gomti rivers. Lord Yama was performing
the sacrifice of animals in that yajna. Because Yama was busy there,
death had vanished from earth. No human being was dying and the world
became overpopulated. The devas became worried that the humans had
seemingly become immortal and there was no longer any distinction
between devas and humans. They went to Brahma for a solution. He said
that things would resume their normal course once the yajna was over
and Yama returned to his duties.
The devas then went back to
the yajna. There, Indra observed a golden lotus floating along the
river. Curious, he followed the lotus to the Himalayas. There he saw a
woman bathing in the river. She was continously weeping and her tears
were transforming into golden lotuses. He asked her what was the
matter. She said that to find out, he must follow her and see for
himself. Indra did so and she led him to one of the mountain peaks
where he saw a couple on a throne playing dice. Indra introduced
himself as the lord of the universe but they paid no attention. This
angered Indra and he again said that he was lord of the universe. Of
course, the couple were none other than Lord Shiva and Parvati. Shiva
paralyzed Indra with a look and continued the game of dice. Once the
game was finished, Shiva commanded the woman to bring Indra to him so
that he may crush his arrogance. The moment that woman touched Indra he
fell down. Shiva told him to remove a large stone and enter the cave
where there were four other men resembling Indra and also in a pathetic
state. Indra went inside, tried to placate Shiva and asked him about
the other men. As it turns out, those men were Indras from previous
kalpas and they had also insulted Shiva out of arrogance. Hence Shiva
commanded them all to be born on earth and carry out great deeds so
that they may regain the status of Indra which they had lost due to
arrogance. The four previous Indras immediately agreed and requested
that they should be fathered by Vayu, Yama/Dharma and the Ashwinis so
that they will be able to use both human and divine means in their
battles on earth and thus ensure that they regain the status of Indra.
The current Indra proposed that, instead of going himself, he would send a portion of himself to earth.
out of kindness, granted their wishes and also commanded that the woman
who had led Indra to him would be the common wife of the 5 Indras on
earth. Vyas says that that woman was the goddess Sri.
is of course, history: the 5 Indras were reborn as the Pandavas (Arjun
being the partial incarnation of the current Indra) and the goddess Sri
Vyas then granted Drupad temporary divine
sight by which he was able to see the Pandavas and Draupadi in their
original divine form.
It appears that DKDM's creatives took the basic idea (of Indra offending Shiv-Parvati and getting punished by Shiva, then being sent to a cave/underground space where he meets previous Indras also punished for their arrogance and finally realizes his folly) and modified it to suit their storyline. They may have also been inspired by a story in the Brahma Vaivarta Puran
where Vishnu and Shiva humbled Indra who had become too proud by revealing to him the fact that his position is not constant, that there have been many Indras before and there will be many after him.
A few days ago I was thinking if they would show these stories, esp the one from the Mahabharata
, on the show and now it seems they have, albeit in a different manner.
Edited by Kal El - 13 July 2012 at 10:20am