One of the seven divisions of the netherworld – Patala, Atala, Vitala, Sutala, Talatala, Mahatala, and Rasatala. This is the first world in the netherworld. It is ruled by Bala, the strong, arrogant magician, son of Maya. He has created ninety six mayas who are capable of granting any wish. From his yawns emerge three types of women – Pumshchalis, Kaminis, Swairinis. Bala is supposed to have a potion called Hataka, which can entice all those who enter Atala and convert them into able bodied men who he then uses for carnal purposes, according to Devibhagavata Ashtamaskanda.
see also: Atala chakra