Vamanamurthy was not short
now. He grew from height to height. People wondered at the sudden growth. He now
measured from his first foot all the empire of Bali on earth and the under-world. He then
measured Bali's empire in Heaven with his second step and asked Bali where he should take
his third measure.
Danavas who witnessed this could not be silent
spectators. They had aspired to occupy the other worlds and rule them under the
overlordship of Bali.They became mad with anger. With uplifted weapons they came to attack
Vamana. There were frightening sounds every- where. Bali who stood with folded hands
stopped them and said, "Danavas, get back.Vamana is Vishnu, Lord of the World. You
defeated Devas once with His blessing. He is now with Devas. Therefore it is natural that
they should win against you." Hearing these words, Danavas stepped back.