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thebhagavata puranadescribes that Vishnu descended as the vamana avatar to restore the authority ofIndraover the heavens, as it had been taken byMahabali, a benevolent asuraKing. baliwas the great grandson ofHiranyakshipuvamana, in the guise of a shortBrahmincarrying a woodenumbrella, went to the king to request three paces of land.Mahabaliconsented, against the warning of his guru,Sukracharya. Vamana then revealed his identity and enlarged to gigantic proportions to stride over the three worlds. He stepped from heaven to earth with the first step, from earth to the netherworld with the second. kingmahabali, unable to fulfill his promise, offered his head for the third

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