welcome to indian divinity - hindu mythology and articles
Indian Mythology - Hindu Mythology Articles, Facts @ Indian Divinity.com Indian Mythology - Hindu Mythology Articles, Facts @ Indian Divinity.com Indian Mythology - Hindu Mythology Articles, Facts @ Indian Divinity.com Indian Mythology - Hindu Mythology Articles, Facts @ Indian Divinity.com
Vamana Avatar Home -› Hindu Trinity -› The Preserver -› Vishnu -› Vamana Avatar
«Prev   [1]   [2]   [3]   [4]   [5]   [6]   Next»
Vamana - the dwarf ascetic
Vamana - the dwarf ascetic
The fifth incarnation of Vishnu, is usually represented as a dwarf (Vamana) holding a water-pot in one hand and an umbrella in the other. He wears a ring of KUSHA grass on his third finger and occasionally carries a book. He has long hair; he wears ear ornaments and covers his body with a deerskin or loincloth. In his first four incarnations Vishnu appears in either an animal form or in a half-human half-animal form. The later incarnations starting from Vamana are all in human form. The first of them, Vamana, is perhaps significantly a dwarf, thus symbolizing the underdeveloped stage of mankind.

After the death of Hiranyakashipu, the king of Danavas (Asuras), Prahalad became the king over the earthly kingdom. He had a son, Virochana. Devamba was the wife of Virochana. Bali was the son of Virochana and Devamba.

Since Bali grew up as a child often playing on the lap of Prahalad, he was very loving and respectable towards his grandfather. Prahalad taught him all the virtues and made him an adept in the Vedas and the art of warfare. He became the foremost among the Danava warriors; and appropriate to the name 'Bali', he was the strongest among them.

Bali married Vindhyavali, the daughter of a saint. Prahalad made him the crown Prince ('Yuvaraja'). After he became the yuvaraja, Bali thought, "Devas have caused fright among the Danavas by constantly hating them and fighting them. I must earn merit and proficiency in all respects, equal to that of Devas. Then we can get rid of fear. To attain this I shall perform tapas (austerities) and win the blessings of Brahma." He resolved to put his idea into action and went to forest to perform austerity.

Bali settled for his tapas at a suitable place in the forest where none lived. Till Brahma appeared before him, Bali gave up food and drink; neither did wind nor rain scare him. Pleased by Bali's rigorous tapas, Brahma appeared before him. Bali pleaded thus: "O Lord, I do not ask anything for my personal benefit. But the Danavas have been rendered weak because of their fear of Devas. Grant me the boon of immortality and the strength of Indra." Brahma granted his prayer. Armed with the gifts he got from Brahma, Bali returned to the capital.

Bali - the noble king
Soon after Bali returned from the forest after his tapas, which had given him great power, Prahalad wanted to install him as king. But Bali wanted his grandfather to rule over the world for some more time. But after a few years Prahalad convinced Bali to accept the responsibility of kingship. Bali however, agreed to this only on condition that his grandfather should stay in the capital. On the day of Bali's coronation, many kings came to the capital with previous gifts. It was celebrated with grandeur and joy. The Gandharva, Yaksha, Siddha and Daitya kings gave Bali gifts and expressed their desire to have him as their friend.

Prahalad, Shukracharya (guru of the Asuras), Shambara and other elderly wise men helped Bali to improve the state of affairs in his empire by making necessary laws for the administration of the empire. Bali implemented the laws framed by his advisers to provide enough food and shelter and to give necessary facilities to ensure happiness of his subjects. The ascetics (rishis) who had gone to forests and mountains to practice austerities returned to their way of life and to perform sacrifices in hermitages without the fear of Danavas. Every one was able to devote him to the performance of religious rites without fear. Peace and plenty prevailed everywhere.

«Prev   [1]   [2]   [3]   [4]   [5]   [6]   Next»
  © 2000 - . All rights reserved. Terms of Use :: Privacy Policy :: Reference
  a mayukhi.com site :: concept by webonautics.com :: design by creativefusionstudio.com
an infotainment channel - webonautics.com