By Swami Harshananda
Sometimes transliterated as: Indrajala, IndrajAla, Indrajaala
Indrajāla literally means ‘the snare or net of Indra’.
It is listed among the 64 kalā-s  and represents the special art of producing illusions, especially in a battle field, to confuse and frighten the enemy. These illusions could be in the form of pictures of their future defeats or the appearance of immense storm-clouds.
Indra, the king of gods, and some asura-s were experts in this art. The word ‘Indra’ is also interpreted as ‘dexterity’ and not the king of gods.
- sciences and arts
- Asura-s are the rākṣasas or demons.
- The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore