The Story of Vamana Avatar of Hindu Mythology :

According to the puranic texts of Hinduism, Vamana was the fifth avatar of Lord Vishnu. This was the first incarnation of Lord Vishnu in Treta Yuga. The Vamana avatar of Lord Vishnu is the first avatar of Lord Vishnu in which he completely appears in human form. In

Vamana Avtaar

Vamana Avtaar

this avatar he is depicted as a dwarf Brahmin and is known as Upendra. The Vamana festival is associated with the Vamana avatar of Lord Vishnu. Vamana was the twelfth son of Aditi and Kashyapa.

According to the Hindu mythology, Bali was a very mighty and fearless asura. He was the grandson of Prahlada and had conquered the whole world. Lord Indra and several other gods feared his might and were worried that soon there will be time when the asuras will rule the entire three worlds. Indra along with other gods went to Lord Vishnu for help.

Lord Vishnu then descends to earth in form of Vamana, a dwarf priest. He was born to a brahmana family. When he grew up he went to Bali and asked for alms. Bali told him to wish for anything he wants. Vamana demanded for the amount of land for him to live in that can come under his three feet.

Bali agreed to his demand. But the Vamana enlarged himself to a great dimension and in two strides he covered the heaven and earth. For his third step, Bali offered his head and the Vamana placed his foot on his head. This act of Bali achieved him immortality.

Lord Vishnu was pleased by King Bali’s ability to keep his promise and taught him an important lesson that the pride and arrogance should be abandoned and to never take wealth for granted since it can be taken away very easily. Since Bali was a mahatma, Lord Vishnu named him Mahabali.

Every year on the festival of Onam it is believed that Mahabali returns to the land of his people to make sure that they are prosperous.

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