In the wikipedia link for post-vedic texts section, it states:
In post-Vedic texts, Indra is depicted as an intoxicated hedonistic
god, his importance declines, and he evolves into a minor deity in
comparison to others in the Hindu pantheon, such as Shiva, Vishnu, or
While I agree with the second part of Indra seeming like a minor deity in ...
In terms of whether lunar deities in general tend to be connected to the moon, my high-level sense is that this is not the case per se, though I'd have to do more digging to be more definitive. However,
In terms of why lunar deities may be connected to the moon:
Lunar calendars predate solar calendars
The earliest methods of tracking when ...
I think there may be something to the Govinda idea, and the "white/wise" also links her to the Irish hero Finn, whose enlightenment came about because of her transgression.
Her wisdom could also come from being a river-goddess, like the Indian Saraswati and Persian Anahita were also goddesses of abundance, wisdom, and rivers. Either way, I do feel she has a ...