Bali in Hindu mythology, was a mighty ruler of India who reigned in the second periodic age; and, as he was a great philosopher and disciple of Sakra, he carried the name of Mahabeli Sakrawati. He was descended from the family of the Erunia, was a grandson of Pragaladen, and was held identical with Baali. The latter was a favorite of Brahma, and, with his assistance, he conquered the whole earth. He would even have besieged heaven if Vishnu had not come to the assistance of the god of the sun, Indra. Bali acknowledged.his nothingness and frailty, became humble and pious, and begged Vishnu, clasping his knees, to be allowed to remain continually in his presence. The god granted his petition, and made him ruler of the infernal regions (named Balisatma, after him), where Bali has his perpetual abode. During the cold season Brahma is with him;. during the hot season, in which all things would die, Vishnu is his protection. The preserver and destroyer, Siva, remains at his side when the rain overflows all things. His great festival is celebrated in September, at which time of the year spring begins in Malabar. Among the ruins of Mawalipuram and in the river Mavaliganga his name is believed to be found; and it is thought that Bali was a half-historic person, and that he was a great conqueror.
Related to Bali, or possibly identical with him, is Baali, king of the Affen, an incarnation of the god Indra, the sun.