By Swami Harshananda
Sutala is the third of the nether worlds. It was given as shelter to Bali, the king of dānavas, 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 in his hand.
- The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore