Amaravati (also known as Indra Loka) is a figure in Hindu mythology. The heaven of Lord Indra is a region for the virtuous alone with celestial gardens called Nandana Udyan planted with sacred trees and sweet-scented flowers. The fragrant groves are occupied by Apsaras. Low sweet music plays. Indra's abode is eight hundred miles in circumference and forty miles in height.
The pillars of Amaravati are composed of diamonds and its furniture is made of pure gold. Amaravati's palaces are also made of gold. Pleasant breezes carry the perfume of rose-colored flowers. Amaravati was built by Lord Vishwakarma, the architect of the gods, a son of Lord Brahma.(Although, in a later legend, Vishvakarma, also known as Tvastr, is killed by Indra.) The inhabitants of Amaravati are entertained by music, dancing and every sort of festivity. Divinity fills up the entire region.
The audience chamber of Amaravati accommodates the three hundred and thirty million celestials, together with the forty-eight thousand Rishis and the multitude of attendants.
- Gopal, Madan (1990). K.S. Gautam (ed.). India through the ages. Publication Division, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Government of India. p. 66.
- "The Mahabharata, Book 3: Vana Parva: Indralokagamana Parva: Section XLII". Sacred-texts.com. Retrieved 2014-03-30.
- "The Mahabharata, Book 3: Vana Parva: Indralokagamana Parva: Section XLIII". Sacred-texts.com. Retrieved 2014-03-30.