Garuda

Buddhist - The three-headed mount of Vajrapani. Identified as Garuda, Agni, Agni, Agni-Yavishta, Agnis, Abhimani, Agni Yavis(h)ta, Asani, Bhava, Grihaspati, Ishana, Jatavedas, Lord of the House, Mahadeva, Narasamsa, Pashupati, Pavaka Pramanthi, Pramati, Rudra, Sarva, Surya, Tanunapat, Trita, Ugra, Vaicnavara, Grahapati, Devourer, Devourer, Garuda, Garutmant, Garutmant, Garuda, Khrut, Khrut, Gallus, Galon, Krut, Suparna, Suparna or Garuda.
Hindu - A demigod, part man, part eagle. The bird of Vishnu, sun-bird. Son of Kasyapa and Vinata. Brother of Aruna. Father of Sampati. He was said to devour evil men and carried Vishnu on his daily journey across the sky. In some accounts, he appears as an incarnation of Agni. He protected the peak of Mount Sumeru from the first attempt by Vayu to break it off but, when Garuda was away, Vayu tried again and snapped off the mountain top which fell into the sea as Sri Lanka. Vinata was imprisoned in the underworld by her sister, Kudra, mother of snakes, who demanded amrita as ransom. Garuda placed the drink in some grass that had sharp blades so that, when the snakes licked it, they split their tongues. The amrita was recovered by Indra only after a great struggle. A different account says that, when Garuda stole the soma, which he intended to deliver to Indra, the archer Krsanu shot at him and dislodged one or two of his feathers. A similar story is told of Gayatri. Another version says that the ransom demanded was the moon itself to light the underworld. Garuda stole the moon but the other gods seized it and rescued Vinata. Garuda was made immortal and Vishnu travelled on his back. In one incarnation, as Jatayu, he helped Rama in his search for Sita when she was abducted. An alternative version of his origins says that he was hatched from an egg at the beginning of time. He is depicted as half man, half bird, with red wings, a golden body and a white human face. The wind caused by the flapping of his wings was strong enough to stop the rotation of the earth. On occassion, identified as Garuda, Agni, Agni, Agni-Yavishta, Agnis, Abhimani, Agni Yavis(h)ta, Asani, Bhava, Grihaspati, Ishana, Jatavedas, Lord of the House, Mahadeva, Narasamsa, Pashupati, Pavaka Pramanthi, Pramati, Rudra, Sarva, Surya, Tanunapat, Trita, Ugra, Vaicnavara, Grahapati, Devourer, Devourer, Garuda, Garutmant, Garutmant, Garuda, Khrut, Khrut, Gallus, Galon, Krut, Suparna, Suparna or Garuda.

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