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Posted: 12 November 2012 at 11:46am | IP Logged
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The Legend of King Bali

Another interesting Diwali legend is of King Bali. He was a generous ruler but also very ambitious. To propitiate the gods he performed a Yagna (fire sacrifice). His Yagna was so successful that even the gods were terrified to appear before him and grant him a boon in the fear that what he might ask something which is beyond their capacity. Some of the Gods pleaded Vishnu to check King Bali's power. Vishnu came to earth inhis Vaman avatar.

When he reached King Bali's court, he asked him to ask for anything he wanted. Vishnuji as Vaman said "You are the ruler of the three worlds: the Earth, the world above the skies and the underworld. Would you give me the space that I could cover with three strides?" King Bali laughed. This request seemed strange to all the courtiers, but king Bali granted it. Surely a dwarf could not cover much ground, thought the King, who agreed to Vaman's request.

Once the request was granted to him, the priest, who was none but Visnu in disguise, submerged the entire world (Mrityu-loka) with one step, with the second he submerged heaven (Swarga-loka) and for the third step; there was no respectable place to put his foot down and so he asked the bewildered Bali for some respectable place to this foot so that the boon could be fulfilled. Left with no alternative, the noble but exasperated King Bali offered his head for the purpose. To his surprise, the Vaman not only lost no time in placing his foot over King Bali's head, but also thrust Bali into the nether worlds (Patala-loka) which as per Hindu cosmogony is hell and lies below the surface of the earth.

The second day of Diwali (Bali Prati-pada) is celebrated in memory of this. Prati-pada here translates as "below the opponent's foot" (Prati=opponent, Pada=foot). During Diwali festival people celebrates the victory of good over evil.

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Posted: 12 November 2012 at 11:53am | IP Logged
Wonderful story Minaxi,superbClap.Thanks for sharing.HugDear.
But one doubt:- was Bali evil??Because people celebrate this day as good's victory over evil thats's why I ask??Embarrassed


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Bali is not evil. But Diwali is also celebrated as Ram's return to Ayodhya with people of Ayodhya lighting diyas to celebrate his home coming after 14 years. Ram faught with Ravan, that's why it's victory of good over evil.
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Posted: 12 November 2012 at 6:49pm | IP Logged
Originally posted by mnx12

Bali is not evil. But Diwali is also celebrated as Ram's return to Ayodhya with people of Ayodhya lighting diyas to celebrate his home coming after 14 years. Ram faught with Ravan, that's why it's victory of good over evil.


Wow meenu lovely story


And also on this day Devi Lakshmi came out of the sea hence Lakshmi Poona is done

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