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    About Garuda

    Garuda - The Eagle God

    Garuda is a mythological bird-like creature who was large and considered the king of the birds. He was known for his speed and for his actions which were solely targeted to destroying evil. He is known as ‘Gaganeshvara’, meaning the lord of the sky and ‘Suparna’ meaning one who has beautiful wings. These names are bestowed upon him for his grandeur and magnificence. He often passes messages between the immortal Gods and the mortal men. He was fathered by a great sage named KashyapKashyapKashyap
    Kashyap is regarded as one of the Saptarishis. He is also considered...
    and his wife, Vinita. The serpent race is always at danger in the presence of Guruda as he feeds upon them. It is believed if one wears an amulet with Garuda’s image on it then he will be protected by snake bites or will help cure the ill-effects of snake poison.

    Depiction

    Garuda has half a body of a man and half of an eagle and is also the mode of transportation or mount for VishnuVishnuVishnu
    Vishnu is one of the Supreme Gods of Hindus and is a part of Hindu Trinity,..
    . He is the possessor of strong body and white face. The red wings help him beat the speed of the wind and carry his tasks timely as the messenger. He has four arms, two of which are folded in adoration and the other two carry an umbrella and a pot of elixir when came out at the end of Samudra Manthan respectively. His radiance is celebrated through a crown on his head, symbolizing that he is not ordinary and is large enough to even block out the sun. In Mahabharata, he is continuously evoked for martial prowess and violent force. Even KrishnaKrishnaKrishna
    It is described that there are three aspects of the Supreme that must...
    had a figure of GarudaGarudaGaruda
    Garuda is a mythological bird-like creature who was large and considered the king of the birds. He was known for his speed...
    on his banner, realizing his importance of the battlefield. It is also believed that when Garuda is flying, the sound his wings make are actually the chanting of Vedas. Four ancient texts constituting the oldest layer of Sanskrit literature and the oldest scriptures of Hinduism

    Legend

    Kashyap was married to two sisters, Vinita She is the wife of the sage Kashyap and a daughter of king Daksha. She is the mother of birds who bore two sons, named Garuda and Aruna. She was also the rival and the slave of her sister, Kadruand Kadru, who were more of rivals. They both wanted to have children and pleaded their husband for progeny. Vinita asked for two sons whereas Kadru She is the wife of the sage Kashyap and a daughter of king Daksha. She was the mother of thousand serpents and was a rival of her sister, Vinitawanted to give birth to thousand snakes. They both laid eggs but the eggs of Kardu hatched first, making her mother before Vinita. Vinita was jealous and hence she prematurely broke one of her eggs from which was born ArunaArunaAruna
    In Hindu mythology and scriptures, Aruá or Aru? sometimes also called Anoora, is a personification of the reddish glow of the rising Sun, which is believed to have spiritual powers...
    . Because of the prematurity, he was not fully developed and only his upper body was that of a human. The rest was in deformity. He cursed his own mother stating that she will be a slave to her sister until her second son is born and put her out of her misery.

    Meanwhile Vinita and Kadru placed a bet on a color of a horse and whoever was wrong was supposed to serve the other as a slave. Vinita was proved wrong and now had to live as a subject under her sister’s guidance. Soon Vinita’s second egg broke and from it rose a mighty creature, Garuda. He had immense heat, energy and radiance and gods were worried that it might bring universe to an end thus they made pleading to Garuda to reduce his size and energy.

    He soon came to know about his mother’s condition and decided to set her free. She was held up in a place surrounded with serpents and on being asked what they wanted in return of Vinita’s freedom, they said that they would like to taste the nectar of immortality. Garuda went ahead to steal the elixir which was in the possession of Gods. To reach to the nectar, Garuda had to pass three stages. First he had to pass flames of fire. The second stage was to cross a field filled with rotating sharp spikes and blades and thirdly he had to fight against two fire-spitting serpents. He successfully completed all the three levels and stole the nectar. As soon as Indra realized the threat, he came to fight Garuda but was defeated against the might of Garuda.

    He took the nectar to the nether lands where serpents were filled with happiness. They released Vinita and just before they could consume the elixir they were seized by Indra who then took away the cup. Just before taking it away, serpents tasted few drops and so powerful was the content of the cup that their tongue split into two halves. Even though Garuda got his mother back, he became an eternal enemy of the serpent race. He also captured numerous snakes and made them a part of his ornaments. He wears them as a sacred thread, belt, necklace, hair accessory, and ring.

    Importance

    The two major events when Garuda has been used as a mount is when Krishna, along with SatyabhamaSatyabhamaSatyabhama
    She is considered to be the incarnation of Mother earth. Satyabhama's father Satrajit owned a divine jewel called syamantaka. Krishna told Satrajit to send the jewel to...
    , go to kill Narakasura He was the son of earth Goddess, Bhudevi who became a demon in association with another demon named Banasuraand when Hari It is another name of Lord Vishnu.has to come to earth to save a devotee elephant, Gajendra. An elephant who was a true devotee of Vishnu and was saved from the clutches of a crocodile, Makara by Vishnu himself. He also gave him salvation. An ancient text named Garuda Purana It is an ancient text that records conversations between Lord Vishnu and Garuda and talks about the real meaning of human life. Details of death, funeral rites and afterlife is also the part of the textis dedicated to him. In Bhagavad Gita, It is a Hindu scripture of 700 verse, teaching the concept of Dharma (righteousness) Krishna himself claims to be king of the bird community in the form of Garuda, symbolizing his omnipresence.
     



     
     

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