Lord Vamana: Vamana, fifth of the ten incarnations of the Lord Vishnu. The dwarf Vamana made his appearance when the demon king Bali ruled the entire universe and the gods had lost their power, he incarnates in a time of crisis to restore cosmic balance by creatively defeating the Asura king Mahabali, who had acquired disproportionate power over the universe. He was promised three strides by Mahabali and Vishnu took earth, heaven, and the space between them in two strides and placed the third on Mahabali's head, thus defeating the demon king.