or Khyung, as the Tibetan Buddhist call him, is an important
image in both Hindu and Buddhist culture.
Within Hinduism Garuda is the mount of Vishnu.
is the olders of birds and personifes the sun. Flapping his wings sounds
like the clap of thunder and his size blocks the sun. In the classical
Indian mythology Garuda is the king of birds. In Tantric Buddhism, Garuda
is yet another form in which various Buddhas arise for the purpose of
removing disease and injury caused by nagas
and poisoning. Metaphorically the worst poisons are desire, hatred and
Garuda's eagles face has two round eyers, two horns. On the crown
of the head is a golden jewel plundered from the Naga Realms.
The arms are outstretched to each side holding the head and tail
of a snake while biting the mid-section with the beak. His unfod
wings stretches ouward.
A statue of Garuda can be found in the Vishnu-Chenrezig
For more backgrounds on Hindu Deities & images see the Hindu
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