Vamana Jayanti 2016 (Vamana Jayanthi)

Vamana Jayanti celebrates the birthday or Appearance day of Lord Vamana, the fifth and the dwarf incarnation of Lord Vishnu. In 2016, Vamana Jayanthi is September 13. Vamana Jayanthi is observed on Shukla Dwadashi during Bhadrapada month (August – September).

Vamana Stotram is recited during the Vamana Jayanti. Vamana Jayanti is celebrated with utmost devotion in Vaishnavite Temples.

Lord Vamana – Fifth Incarnation of Lord Vishnu

Lord Vamana is the fifth incarnation of Lord Vishnu and the first avatar of Treta Yuga. Vamana is the first ever avatar of Lord Vishnu who appears in a complete human form. He is in the form of dwarf Brahmin.

Vamana was born to Aditi and Kashyapa. Vaman is the younger brother of Lord Indra. According to Bhagavata, Lord Vishnu was taken the avatar of Vaman to protect Indras rule over the heavens, which was disturbed by King Mahabali. King Mahabali was so generous and so much devoted to Lord Vishnu but he was a demon. To restore Indras powers on the heavens, King Mahabali should not rule the Earth. For that purpose, Vishnu incarnated as Vaman and went to Mahabali to beg three steps of land to live in.

King Mahabali agreed to give Vamana, a dwarf brahmin, to give three steps of land. Shukracharya, Mahabalis Guru, warned him that the dwarf brahmin is Vishnu and not an innocent brahmachari. But Bali ignored his warning and went ahead to donate three steps of land.

Then, Lord Vaman, the Supreme God Vishnu, grows so huge to cover the heaven and the earth in two simple steps. King Bali was unable to stand by his words, offers his head for the third step. Then Vamana puts his third foot on Bali and provides him immortality as a reward for his great benevolence.

Please note that Vamana Dwadashi or Vamana Puja is observed on Ashada Shukla Paksha Dwadasi.

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  1. s.v.ramani says:

    Vamana Jeyanthi Brihmosthavam is done at the Ulagalandha Perumal Koil in Singanallor Coimbatore for 10 days ending on Vamana Jeyanthi day with a car procession. THe deity is a 3 feet high panja loga idol originally said to be from Kanchi of about 2000 year age taken by Thippu sulthan who on his way back was pursuaded by the residents of the then village called Vedapuri to give to them. He is said to have given the idol after breaking one finger of its eight hands. It is a beautiful idol. The temple is a public temple but privately managed by the priest to avoid the greedy
    H R&CE officers.