Years had rolled after Bali started performing the 'Ashwamedha' horse
sacrifices. Ninety-nine sacrifices had been successfully completed one after another. They
were preparing for the hundredth sacrifice, which they had planned on a grand scale. On
completion of thissacrifice Bali would earn the merit to bepermanently installed as Indra.
The Danavas who were righteous in the beginning had become vain and insolent. They
threatened people who were still worshipping Devas, saying, "Our king Bali is now
Indra. We Danavas are the rulers and lords over the three worlds. None need worship Devas
There were unexpected calamities on the earth now. There were
earthquakes at some places. At some other places rivers overflowed and swept away
villages. At yet other places fires broke out and caused great damage. Unable to under-
stand why such things took place,Bali came to Prahlada and asked :"What is the cause
for these eruptions and calamities? Are they caused by the magical powers of the Devas
Prahlada who was a devotee of Vishnu was capable of seeing into the
past and future with his divine wisdom. He entered into a deep trance and understood the
cause of it all. He said : "Vishnu has taken birth in the world in order to defeat
and humble the insolent Danavas who aredrunk with power. These calamities betoken greater
calamities awaiting the Danavas." Hearing these words, Bali became angry. With
blood-shot eyes he turned toPrahlada and said, "Are we to be afraid of the Devas?
Each warrior among us is capable of carrying the whole earth on his shoulders. When that
is ourstrength, what can one Vishnu do to us?".
Prahlada also became angry andchastised Bali thus: ,You fool, you are
too bold to speak ill of Sri Hari, the eternal lawgiver and protector. You have spoken
thus knowing well that I am a devotee of Sri Hari. Very soon you will lose your kingdom
and will be banished from earth."
King Bali realized his error. in fact Bali was not an enemy of Sri
Hari. He had lost control over his tongue on account of his pride of valor. Regretting his
conduct, he became humble. Tears of sorrow appeared in his eyes and he was unable to
speak. He fell at the feet of Prahlada and begging forgiveness he said, "Be kind and
merciful. You have rightly cursed me for my insolent words. I do not feel sorry if I lose
my kingdom. I may get it back some how. But where can I get a guru like you ? I am more in
sorrow because my speech has hurt your feelings."
Prahlada was moved to pity. He lifted his grandson and said,
"Child, I spoke in anger and cursed you. Who can avoid Fate ? Do not regret. Place
full faith in SriHari and complete the Ashwamedha sacrifice. Let your fame be