Garuḍa (Biographical details)

Garuḍa (deity; Hindu; Male)

Also known as

Garuḍa; Garuda

Biography

Garuḍa is the bird vahana (mount) on which Viṣṇu rides. Likewise he is the vahana of Kṛṣṇa, appearing whenever he is wanted to convey his master. He is represented as a large, white-necked, eagle. On the walls of many Vaisnava temples, he is represented as a kneeling young man with a bird's head, hands clasped in prayer before his master. In sculpture, however, he is most often shown in his guise as mount.