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(Hindu Deity)VAMANA

Also known as UPENDRA

Son of Aditi and Kashyapa, twelfth Aditya and fifth avatar of Vishnu.

After Bali had forced Indra out of heaven, a dwarf turned up out of nowhere and invited Bali to grant him as much of his empire as he could measure in three steps. This had the demon in giggles, but he had to admire the little fellas audacity and against the advice of his guru he agreed. Besides, Vamana was just a dwarf, how big could his steps be?

What happened next came as a bit of a shock as Vamana took on a cosmic manifestation. He was huge!

With the first step he covered all of Earth. With the second step he covered the whole of heaven and his foot landed right in Brahma's footspa, so he gave it a little wash, which was nice of him bearing in mind it was his boons that caused the trouble in the first place. With his third step he booted Bali right into the underworld.

The footspa, stepping, washing saga created the River Ganges.
Meet the family ...
Parents : Aditi and Kashyapa
Siblings : The Adityas
Spouse :
Offspring : Ganga
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'VAMANA' - Indian entry : 06 May 2007
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