From Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia

By Swami Harshananda

Sutala is the third of the nether worlds. It was given as shelter to Bali, the king of dānavas,[1] after he was pushed down by Lord Viṣṇu in his incarnation as Vāmana. He spends most of his time in worshiping the Lord Viṣṇu. He is guarding his palace with the gadā[2] in his hand.


  1. Dānavas means demons.
  2. Gadā means mace.
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore