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Garuda in Indian ArtDurable Link to this BLOG
Garuda is the name of a mighty bird depicted in Indian folklore as the vehicle of Lord Vishnu.

Garuda is a species of Indian Eagle.

The flying abilities of Garuda have prompted an airline to be named after the bird (Garuda Indonesia Airlines).

Indian artists over the centuries have imagined great many forms of Garuda and they are available today in paintings, sculptures, and temple artifacts. The following is a collection of pictures depicting Garuda in Indian Art.

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The Garuda, King of Birds
The Garuda, King of Birds

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Vishnu flies with his two wives on "Garuda."
Vishnu flies with his two wives on "Garuda."

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The Garuda, King of Birds
The Garuda, King of Birds
Village of Gunavante, 1983

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Garuda Carrying Gayatri
Garuda Carrying Gayatri
Ganjifa playing card painting

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Garuda Carrying Lord Vishnu and Laxmi
Garuda Carrying Lord Vishnu and Laxmi
Wooden sculpture from Tamilnadu

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Lord Krishna Rides the Bird Garuda
Lord Krishna Rides the Bird Garuda
Garuda is usually shown as Vishnu's carrier; here the artist seems to indicate that Vishnu and Krishna are one the same.

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Garuda Carrying Lord Vishnu
Garuda Carrying Lord Vishnu
Kavi art (red graffitto art) from a temple in the village of Hosad

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Heroes who die heroic death are sometimes immortalized as Garuda
Heroes who die heroic death are sometimes immortalized as Garuda
Town of Siddapur, 1983

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Painted Icon of Garuda
Painted Icon of Garuda
The village of Maluru, Channapattana

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Garuda Fights a Snake
Garuda Fights a Snake
Detail from a Kavi art mural

© Vikas Kamat
Vishnu Riding Garuda
Vishnu Riding Garuda
Detail from a pillar in Melukote, Karnataka

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Garuda the Mythical Bird
Garuda the Mythical Bird
Detail from a South Indian Painting

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Garuda Carrying Lord Vishnu
Garuda Carrying Lord Vishnu
Detail from Mysore Traditional Painting

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Snakes and Garuda
Snakes and Garuda
Detail from a temple mural

© Vikas Kamat
Garuda, the King of Birds
Garuda, the King of Birds
Detail from a Garuda Pillar, Goa

© Vikas Kamat
Mythological Painting
Mythological Painting
From Left to Right: Garuda, Rama or Vishnu, Sita or Lakshmi and Hanuman

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Garuda, Vishnu and Anjaneya
Garuda, Vishnu and Anjaneya
Fabric Art, Mysore

© Vikas Kamat
Icon of Garuda
Icon of Garuda
Srirangapattana Temple Artifact, Karnataka

First Created: Friday, May 30, 2008
Last Updated: 6/1/2008 8:51:19 AM

 

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