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Bali grants Vamana (the dwarf brahmin avatar of Vishnu) 3 paces of land despite his guru advising him against it, earning his guru's curse. Bali argued that he never goes back against his word and grants Vamana 3 steps. Pleased with Bali Vishnu allows Bali to rule all 3 worlds for a period of time before returning the heavens to Lord Indra.

Lord Vishnu, 1st Deity of the Indian Trinity: the Lord maintainer of all the universes resting/sitting on and supported by Lord ananta-Sesha (who controls universal laws such as gravity).