The story of Mahabali's previous birth is told in this excerpt from the Kedara Kanda of the Skanda Purana. It describes a gambler who has been a really big sinner all his life. One day he is taking some flowers, betel leaves, and sandal paste to pay a prostitute, when he is accosted by robbers who take all his possessions including his clothes, so all he ...
Yes, Bali was there during the churning of the ocean. He led the rakshasas during the churning. He took the Uccaiḥśravā, the white horse generated from the milky ocean.
tata uccaiḥśravā nāma hayo ’bhūc candra-pāṇḍuraḥ |
tasmin baliḥ spṛhāṁ cakre nendra īśvara-śikṣayā ||
Thereafter, a horse named Uccaiḥśravā, which was as white as the moon, was ...
I remember watchin a Ram-lila once that shows an episode where Ravan and Banasur come face to face in Sita ji's Swayamvar. Quoting from a report this is how it generally goes:
रामलीला मंचन के दौरान धनुष टूटने के पूर्व रावण एवं बाणासुर जनक के दरबार में पहुंचे। रावण ने जब धनुष खंडित करके सीता से ब्याह रचाने की बात कही तब बाणासुर ने रावण को काफी भला-बुरा कहा।...
Yes, Bali Maharaj was a noble man and also have favors of Brahmanas and noble persons. But Aditi, the mother of Demi-gods, had completed the Payo-Vrata to please Lord Vishnu. So, Lord Vishnu had given her the boon to protect her sons. This is described in Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam, Canto 8, Chapter 17.
prāyo ’dhunā te ’sura-yūtha-nāthā
apāraṇīyā iti devi ...
The Devi Bhagavata Purana actually says that. Might be there in other Puranas as well.
17-20. Visnu, the Lord of the Universe, assumed His Dwarf (Vâmana)
Incarnation with the express object to cheat Vali, the king of the
Daityas. Now, O Muni! The king Bali, performed one hundred sacrifices;
he was the protector of the Vedas, virtuous, charitable, ...
Yes, Lord Vishnu becomes a door-Keeper of Bali. It referenced in Dashavatar of Lord Vishnu.
When king Bali had defeated by the Lord Vamana. Later lord Vamana sent the Bali to the Hartal folk(पाताल लोक) and Lord Vishnu Became his door-keeper.
This is not a boon but it was cursed for Bali. Because of this, Bali could not back to his kingdom.
When Bali ...
Most of the races are named after wives of Kaśyapa. For example,
Descendants of Aditi: Adityas (Devas)
Descendants of Danu: Danavas
Descendants of Diti: Daityas
Origin of Rakshasas is different which is described here.
Though Danavas, Daityas and Rakshasas are used interchangeably or collectively (as demon or asura) but they are different.
As per Śrīmad-...
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As per Śrimad Bhāgavata Purana and ancient records about south India. Onam is Vamana Jayanti and not the return of Bali to earth.
As per Skanda Purana, the 3 days of Diwali are for when Bali rules the earth and Bali Pratipada (padyami) is dedicated to Bali and Danava ...
As per Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam (Bhāgavata Purāṇa) » 8.22, Bali Mahārāja is still the ruler of Asuras (mainly Daityas):
SB 8.22.31 — The Lord continued: Because of his great tolerance, I have given him a place not obtainable even by the demigods. He will become King of the heavenly planets during the period of the Manu known as Sāvarṇi.
SB 8.22.32 — Until Bali ...
First of all, King Bali Performed Vishwajith Yaga to rule all the worlds, But by then Indra was already assigned that position as ruler of gods for this manvantara by bramha. That decision was taken during the start of manvantara and this should be respected. Bali after knowing this wanted to rule/ obtain position which was not his, which is Adharma.. For ...