Madhvacharya was misperceived and misrepresented by both Christian missionaries and Hindu writers during the colonial era scholarship.   The similarities in the primacy of one God, dualism and distinction between man and God, devotion to God, the son of God as the intermediary, predestination, the role of grace in salvation, as well as the similarities in the legends of miracles in Christianity and Madhvacharya's Dvaita tradition fed these stories.   Among Christian writers, GA Grierson creatively asserted that Madhva's ideas evidently were "borrowed from Christianity, quite possibly promulgated as a rival to the central doctrine of that faith".  Among Hindu writers, according to Sarma, SC Vasu creatively translated Madhvacharya's works to identify Madhvacharya with Christ, rather than compare their ideas. 
Soma, a sacred liquid pressed from a mountain plant, is Indra's signature drink and makes him invincible in battle. In the Rig Veda, Indra battles Vritra, an asura (demon), embodied in the form of a dragon. In the story, Vritra hoards water from India's seven rivers, causing drought across the land. Indra defeats the dragon and releases water into the world, becoming the god of fertility for accomplishing this feat. Surviving only in isolated local cults in Rajasthan and elsewhere, Indra is no longer an important deity in India today.