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Vishnu Mayam Jagat
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Temples Of India
Lord Siva To Be Adored The Devalayas Of Karnataka
Palani Dhandhayudhapani The Kovils Of Kerala
The Temples of North-West India Temples For The Triple Sects
Mata Kanakadurga of Vijayawada The Legend Of Mata Kanyaka Parameswari
The Temples Of North-East India Mantralya Mahakshetra
The Aalayas of Andhra Pradesh The Mandirs Of Maharastra
Mighty Atoms For Tiny Tots Lord Siva Of Sri Kalahasthi
Bhagawan Vithoba Of Pandharpur Bizarre Beliefs And Odd Traditions
Asoka Priyadarsin The Mother Of Melmaruvathur And Her Miracles
Vishnu Mayam Jagat Sarvam Sakti Mayam
The Temples Of Tamilnadu Hindu Ethos In Capsules - Vol I

Hindu Ethos In Capsules - Vol II

Hullo Tirupathi !
Uthuthshta Govinda Cum Jo Jo Mukunda The Miracles Of Gods For The Debacles Of Humans
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Bali Chakravarthi, the redoubtable demon king. grandson of Prahlad. the celebrated Vishnubhakta established his sway over three worlds and shielded his asurakula from the danger of any kind by any external forces. He was a danava with a difference. imbued and assimilated exemplary traits of an infinite verity. the chief being giving anything the datha asked for. Yet. he subjected Suras to interminable-agony due to born enmity. inherited from his ancestors. He was Dharmasili. an exact prototype of his grand father. Gods. particularly Devendra, who lost his power and prestige. prayed to hard Mahavshnu for restoration of his kingdom from Bali. the conqueror. This necessitated the incarnation of Vamana to suppress Bali and reinstate Devendra. Vamana, a byword for dwarfish satire was the son of Aditi and Kasyapa couple. who drank in the whole Vedic lore at quite an early age and started his Bikshatana in accordance to the tradition of his clay. He appeared before Bali and stretcherl his bowl for gift. Bewitched by the Brahmatejas exuding from his comely face and wondering at his pigmy size Bali said. - "Ask. anything you like and it will he yours. the moment it comes out of your mouth". Vamana asked for a rift of three feet of earth for meditation purpose. Sukracharya. Bali's Kulaguru dissuaded to grant. as it was Mahavishnu who came to punish him. Setting it aside the objection. he said "Yes". This was for this, the lord descended. At once he put on his Viratarupa and measured the earth with one foot and the sly with another. And then asked to show space for the third foot. Bali. known for truthfulness showed his head for the third foot. When Sri Mahavishnu was about to crush him. there appeared on the scene Prahlad and implored the Iord to let off his grand son; for he did not deserve such punishment. The Lord pressed Bali with his foot to Patalaloka anal made him the king with everything needed. far surpassing the Devendraloka. Together with it. he volunteered to act as his sentinel, stationed at the portal to screen him from any clinger. Vishnu is Vishnu. the highest. none to come near in comparison. either in the act of punishment, or for the gift for upliftment.

And with this. the Vamanavatar receded into background. Nothing was enjoined, nor ordained. in person or in dream to anyone; yet the devout theists have built a few shrines in memory of that noblest, mightiest mahatkarya relieving maanavali from asurapalana. Now let us approach each one for the darsan of that Lilliput - Brobdingnagian God for bliss.

Independent temples with lofty dimensions. embellished with sculptural marvels are not found for this avatar in this land. though this short stature bachelor measured the earth and firmament with His gargantuan feet. Ancient temple builders have given importance to this incarnation only to the extent of building, imposing and tine niches or pavilions in the gigantic temples built for gods of their choice and taste. This avatar has shrines a few as in the case of shrines for Matsyavatar, Kurmavatar and Varahavatar. Being installed in niches, they arc denied of regular pujas or periodical festivals. A sad commission! A slur on the indifference of bhaktakoti!! But in some places. the archamurtis are installed and adored as the representation of this much neglected incarnation.


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