Banasura became unhappy seeing
his father's condition. He addressed Vamanamurthy and said : "Lord of the World, my
father gave you what you asked in charity. He has not offended you in any way. You asked
for three paces of land in the guise of a short ascetic. Is it fair for you to measure the
land with your extra- ordinary feet now ? My father has given away the whole of his empire
What is left with him now to give you further ? You
who should have been impartial, have taken sides with the Devas and have done injustice to
Vamana replied: "Banasura, it is I who received
the gift and I have measured the land only with my feet and not with any one else's. Hear
my argument against your charge of my partiality to Devas. I gave Shaker, the husband of
Shachidevi, the status and power of Indra and arranged for proper functioning of the
system of worlds. Bali had to be punished for removing Indra from his position before the
expiry of his tenure."
Then Vamana turned to Bali and said: "0 King
Bali, this is only a test of your vow to give charity. You did not hesitate to give what I
asked even in the middle of your difficulties. You never regretted your charity even
though I claimed all your empire. You never felt unhappy when you were bound to your vow.
You did not feel sorry even though your kith and kin deserted you. Though your preceptor
Shukracharya cursed you, you did not give up your truthfulness. Who has your patience? You
have earned a higher place than the Devas by your fame. Be immortal ! Now ask me for any
boon that you want."
Bali said, "0 Lord of the World, I am not
pained at being defeated by you. The pride of insolence is bad. You have taught Danavas
swollen with insolence a good lesson. I can tolerate all this but not the disgrace of
having to eat my words as one whom could not fulfil his vow to give charity. Please place
your third step on my head and be pleased to accept it in fulfillment of my promised
Vamana agreed to Bali's request. Having received Sri
Hari's foot on his head,Bali was discharged of his debt. People who witnessed this
shouted, "King of devotees, soldier of charity, emperor Bali, honored of the
world." Tears of joy flowed down their eyes.
Vamana gave the three worlds he had received as gift
to Indra, The Devas praised Vamana in their happiness and Bali for his charily. Vamana
addressed Bali in the presence of all and said, "Dana vendra, I give you the Kingdom
of Sutala in the underworld. I shall give you one more boon. I shall protect your fort as
Janardana and keep watch over your fort and defeat your enemies. You may ask one more
Bali said, "0 Lord, as the protector of my fort
you have given me the privilege of seeing you every day. For such a privilege even Rudra,
Brahma and Lakshmi are not entitled. What else is there for me to ask ? But since you want
me to ask for a boon, I do so. Though I go to Sutala in the under -world, I cannot forget
the subjects of my erstwhile kingdom on earth. Therefore let me be blessed to see the
happiness of my subjects at least once a year.
"Vamana granted his request and said: "The
auspicious day on which you gave me charity will be celebrated as a festival on earth
every year in future. On that day the whole earth will be the kingdom of Bali. People will
worship you during day and light lamps at night as a symbol of their ideals and joy."
Having spoken thus, Vamana departed with Brahma.
Pious Bali went to Sutala along with Prahlada and other kith and kin. He constructed a
beautiful temple there for Janardana. Sri Hari took his stand as Janardana, as the
guardian and protector of Bali's fort and palace.