is the fifth incarnation of Vishnu,
born as a dwarf into the household of a Brahmin priest.
Vamana tricked the demon
king Bali to grant him as much of his empire as he could measure
in 3 steps. With the first step he covered all of Earth. With
the second step he covered all the heavens and while doing
that Brahma washed his feet in his kamandula or water pot.
Out of that pot, Ganga
was born. With the third step, Vamana pushed Bali back to
the underworld or Patala Loka.