Mahabali

Mahabali

Vamana with Bali Maharaj
Avatara Vamana splashes Bali’s head, and sends him to the Patala

Mahabali (IAST: Mahābalī, Devanagari: महाबली, Malayalam: മാവേലി, മഹാബലി) is also known as Bali or Māveli or "Vairochana" was a benevolent Asura King, and the grandson of Prahlada in Indian scriptures. The festival of Onam is celebrated in Kerala to mark his yearly homecoming after being sent down to the underworld Sutala by Vamana, a dwarf and the fifth incarnation avatar of Vishnu.[1] The government of Kerala declared Onam as the ‘State Festival’ of Kerala in 1960.

Onappottan, a symbolic representation of King Bali.[2] Onappottan visits houses during the onam and gives blessings. Of late onappottan has become a rare sight, confined to villages.

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Preceded by
Virochana
Daityas
unknown
Succeeded by
Banasura