There are several customs & traditions associated with the onset
of monsoons in South Asian culture. Indian mythology reflects
the elemental forces of nature that were required for sustenance
of civilisation. Indra - God of rain & battle - was both feared
and worshipped with over 250 hymns dedicated to him in the
Rigveda. The clay model of Indra riding on Airavat, a white
elephant with three trunks, was commissioned by the Museum
Curator in 1911.