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Bali Padyami vs Onam

Today is Bali Padyami. On which day is Mahabali suppose to visit his subjects on prithvi lok - Onam or Bali Padyami. Looking for references from scriptures only, and not from folklore nor from ...
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Why did Vamana punish Mahabali

Why did Vamana punish king Mahabali when he was the great king and his subjects were happy? Is it purely because he was Asura? Any explanations from scriptures?
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What are the traditions of multiple symbolisms of Onathappan as symbols of Mahabali and Vamana?

There seems to be multiple symbolisms in play here. My question is the same as that in Wikipedia. In Wikipedia, there is a question: Somebody mentioned in this talk page "Onathappan is ...
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Vishnu Purana, 1st Amsha, chapter 4 Shloka 35, refers to Varaha as “one who enveloped earth in 1 step”. How can Vamana reference come?

Vishnu Purana, 1st Amsha, chapter 4 Shloka 35 (पदक्रमक्रांता भुवम), refers to Varaha as "one who enveloped earth in 1 step". Can someone please explain as to how Vamana avatar reference ...
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Is Mahabali still the ruler in charge of Sutala?

As we know there are fourteen Lokas. And Mahabali was made King of Sutala by Lord Visnu's Avatar, Lord Vamana and Lord also promised to make him Indra. So I wanted to know if his time in Sutala has ...
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How long did Vamana take for his second step? Any Scriptural references

So, how long did Vishnu in Vamana avatar take for his first and second step to scale the universe and Earth? For him to grow big and encompass visible universe, the space and heavens...and finally ...
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Was Vamana a giant when he put his foot on Bali?

In series you see that the dwarf Vamana becomes a giant and puts his third step on Bali's head. In the series he is a giant and immediately kills Bali (giving him Moksha) yet in the sb I noticed that ...
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What does three steps of Vamana avataar symbolize?

I very well understand the story of Bali and Vamana but as a common man I would like to understand what exactly does three steps of Vamana (Vishnu avataar) symbolize?
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Thrivikrama Avatar

When God Narayana incarnated Thrivikrama avatar he kept his feet on Mahabali and showed his finger upwards. Thirumangai alwar composed a lyric on this and Thirugnanasambandar after hearing the ...
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Is the story of vamana's promise to aditi found in Vedas?

There is a story where vamana promises to aditi that he will always take birth from her womb, as kosalya was incarnation of aditi and rama of Vishnu, and devaki was incarnation of aditi and Krishna of ...
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Is Vishnu one of the names of Vamana?

What are the names of Vamana other than Aditya, Upendra, TriVikrama and IndrAnuja. Specifically, is his one of the names Vishnu? If not, then is there any other Aditya with the name Vishnu as ...
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Is the Vamana deity in Thirukoilur considered an incarnation of Krishna?

I'm currently visiting India, and I just went to the Ulagalantha Perumal Vamana temple in Thirukoilur. It's most famous for being the "Naalayira Divya Prabandha Avatara Sthalam", meaning the ...
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Who is the current leader of Asuras?

The leader of Asuras, also known as Asurapati. The only one alive is Raja Bali who is now under protection of Shriman Narayana in the form of Vamana avatar. If he is in some other place and not ...
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How can Narasimha & Vamana Avatars happen before Parashuram?

Following is the chronological order of these three avatars: Narasimha avathar (4th of vishnu ) Vamana avathar(5th of vishnu) Parasuram avathar(6th of vishnu) Accordingly: In Vamana avathar king ...
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Why did Lord Vishnu stop King Bali from becoming Indra (King of Devtas)?

As we know, King Bali held a Yagna to become the King of Lords. But by taking Vamana Avatar, Lord Vishnu asked him for three steps worth of land. By his original divine avatar, Lord Vishnu covered ...
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How come the Vedas describe mostly the Vamana avatara of Vishnu?

The Vedas are the eternal truths of God, Apaurusheya and constant throughout Time. Therefore they must contain all knowledge of all time. But (at least if you go through the other questions) you find ...
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When was Mahabali (Asura King Bali) booned about being the next Indra?

I read in a question about the fact that the Asura King Bali will be the next Indra and that he is still alive. Untill now, I have only heard of the story of the Vamana incarnation of Lord Vishnu ...
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Did Vishnu have three Vamana incarnations as Rupa Goswami says?

One of Vishnu's most famous incarnations is that of Vamana the dwarf. The story is told throughout Hindu scripture, as I discuss in this question. Just to refresh people's memories, the story goes ...
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The incarnations of Lord Vamana and Lord Parushurama

Here's the plot, according to Hindu mythology and the dashavatharas, chronologically, Lord Vamana incarnated before Lord Parushurama. According to the popular folklore and existing beliefs in Kerala, ...
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What is the earliest reference to the Asura Mahabali?

In modern times, Vishnu's most popular incarnations are Rama and Krishna. But that was not always the case; in ancient times Vishnu was most popularly associated with his incarnation as Vamana the ...
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Who is addressed as “the step of Vishnu” in the Yajur Veda?

The Fourth Khanda of the Taittirya Samhita of the Yajur Veda is chanted during the preparation of the altar of a Yagna (fire-ritual), and the second Prapathaka of this Khanda, which is chanted during ...
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What is the story of Vamana's wife Kirti and son Brihatshloka?

In the Srimad Bhagavatam, there's a description of the spouses and descendants of the Adityas, a group of 12 gods who are the sons of Aditi and the sage Kashyapa. The Adityas include Surya, Indra, ...
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Where does sage Vashishta describe Vishnu's immeasurable greatness?

In the Srimad Bhagavatam, after describing Vishnu's incarnation (avataram) as Vamana the dwarf, it says this: One who is subject to death cannot measure the glories of the Supreme Personality of ...