The legend of Srimad Bhagavatam has it that the Vamana avatar was taken by Lord Krishna to restore Indra’s authority over the heavens and also to establish the greatness of king Bali. Bali was the grandson of Prahlada, the son of Hiranyakshipu. Vamana, in the guise of a short Brahman, carried a wooden umbrella and requested three steps of land for him to live in. Given a promise of three steps of land by King Mahabali against the warning given by his Guru Sukracharya, Vamana, The Supreme Lord grows so huge that he could step from heaven to earth, and earth to the lower worlds in two simple steps. King Mahabali unable to fulfil the promise of three paces of land to the Supreme God, offers his head for the third step. Thus Vamana places his foot on King Mahabali’s head and gives him a place in Sutala planets for his benevolence.
At ISKCON Hubli, the diety of Lord Krishna is decorated as Vamana Dev. Special Pujas are performed. A diorama of Vamana Dev is decorated and placed in the temple hall. The special attraction of the day is the Kerala style, Athapoo Kalam – an intricate and colourful arrangement of flowers laid on the floor – in front of the altar. The visitors are served with simple prasadam after the special arati at 8 pm.
This year we are celebrating Sri Vamana Jayanti on Tuesday, 26 September 2023.