Lord Vishnu In His Incarnation Was Called Vamana
February 21, 2023 Category :Generals Off
The fifth avatar of Lord Vishnu is Vamana, or “dwarf incarnation”, which occurred in Treta Yuga (the second age), long before the events described in Ramayana, and in strong association to the king Mahabali (some call him Maveli or Bali). Vamana is the first Avatar of Vishnu appearing in the completely human form.
Mahabali was a king of the Indian region presently known as Kerala (the Indian southern state bordering with Tamil Nadu), who stands behind the most popular legend – the Onam legend, which is a festival in celebration of the king Mahabali, who returns to the state of Kerala from underground every year.
Mahabali was Asura, but he was very religious and performed Vedic sacrifices. He was a great devotee of Lord Vishnu. The king was wise, judicious and generous. He brought the era of wealth during his reign. Everybody was happy; there was no caste or class discrimination. The rich and the poor received equal treatment. There was no crime, no corruption. People did not even lock their doors, as there were no thieves in the kingdom. But because he was a descendant of Diti, who was a rakshasa, the Devas did not consider him to be safe.
Mahabali (also popularly called Maveli or Onathappan) is believed to have ruled in South India before the Ramayana event; and his empire is believed to have extended from the Vindhyas in the north to the far out in the south.
Asuras did not worship Vishnu. To test the King, Lord Vishnu disguised Himself as a poor Brahmin boy called Vamana. He came to the Kingdom of Mahabali as a dwarf Brahmin – the Vamana Avatar. Vishnu said he was a poor Brahmin and asked for a piece of land. The generous King said that he could have as much land as he wanted. The Brahmin said that he just wanted as much land as could be covered by his three steps. The king was surprised to hear such a humble request, and insisted that the boy ask for more. But the Brahmin again said the same thing.
Just as king Mahabali agreed to grant the land to a dwarf who would mark it with his three steps, Vamana began to expand and eventually increased himself to the size of cosmic proportions. With his first step the Brahmin boy covered the whole of earth and with the other step he covered the whole of the skies. He then asked king Mahabali where is the space for him to keep his third foot. The king realized that he was no ordinary Brahmin. Vishnu then offered him to go to Patala, which is a nether world. King Mahabali accepted this boon but asked to be allowed to visit Kerala once a year to make sure his people are doing well. Lord Vishnu agreed.