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According to the Vaiṣṇava Purāṇic texts, Vāmana is the fifth avatāra of Viṣṇu; he manifests himself to save the three worlds from the threat of the asura Bali. Securing land from Bali equivalent to three strides, the Dwarf instantly becomes large enough to cover the universe in two steps, whereupon Bali presents his head to accommodate Vāmana's third stride (hence Viṣṇu's epithet, Trivikrama). As a dwarf he is usually depicted as a brahmin carrying his water-pot (kamaṇḍalu). See also Bali.

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