Once upon a time the beautiful state of Kerala was ruled by the demon King Mahabali who was greatly respected by the people for his characteristics such as wisdom, generosity, judiciousness.
During Mahabali’s regime the state of Kerala witness its golden era where everybody was happy, the ruler has no discrimination on the basis of caste, class, rich and poor. There were no crime and corruption, which translates to no thieves in the kingdom and people, did not lock their doors. Everybody was happy and content in the kingdom as there was no poverty, diseases or any kind of sorrow in the kingdom.
Introduction to King Mahabali
Mahabali was the son of Veerochana and grandson of Prahlad, the devout son of King Hiranyakashyap.
Mahabali belonged to the Asura (demon) dynasty and was a great worshipper of Lord Vishnu; He got the title of “Mahabali Chakravathy” or Mahabali – the King of Kings for his bravery and good character.
Bana the legendary king in his own right and popularly known as Banraj in central Assam is the son of the King Mahabali
Challenge for Gods
Gods became extremely concerned and jealous because of the growing popularity and fame of the King Mahabali. They started planning ot get rid of the dilemma as they were threatened about their own supremacy.
Aditi, the mother of Gods seeked help of the Lord vishnu (the preserver in the Hindu trinity) whom Mahabali worshipped to curb the dominion of Mahabali.
Mahabali is known for generosity and charity, He left no stone unturned to prove this when anybody approached him. Now Lord Vishnu disguised himself as a dwarf and a poor Brahmin called Vamana came to the kindom of Mahabali to test the King. He approached him at a time when Mahabali was preparing to grant boons to Brahmins.