By Swami Harshananda
Vitala is the nether world which is just below Atala. Śiva lives here along with his wife Bhavāni and bhutas. His name is Hāṭakeśvara. There is a river called Hāṭakī here. Agni drinks it's water. What he spits out, it becomes hāṭaka or gold.
- Bhutas are the spirits and imps.
- The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore