Garuda is the Hindu name for the constellation Aquila. The Garuda (Sanskrit: Garuḍa, Pāli Garuḷa) is a large mythical bird or bird-like creature, the king of birds, that appears in both Hindu and Buddhist mythology.

Garuda is one of the three principal animal deities in the Hindu Mythology that has evolved after the Vedic Period in Indian history. The other two are Ganesha, the elephant-headed and Hanuman, the monkey god. Thailand and Indonesia uses the garuḍa as its national symbol. It is after Garuda that the Indonesian National Airlines is named. Even today, Garuda is much revered by devout Hindus for his ethics and his strength in applying his ethics to correct evil-doers.

The story of Garuda's birth and deeds is told in the first book of the great epic Mahabharata. In Hindu mythology, a Garuda is a lesser Hindu divinity, usually the mount (vahanam) of Vishnu. Garuda is depicted as having a golden body, white face, red wings, and an eagle's beak, but with a man's body. He wears a crown on his head. He is ancient and has size enough to block out the sun.

His stature in Hindu religion can be gauged by the fact that an independent Upanishad, the Garudopanidad, and a Purana, the Garuda Purana, is devoted to him. Various names have been attributed to Garuda - Chirada, Gaganeshvara, Kamayusha, Kashyapi, Khageshvara, Nagantaka, Sitanana, Sudhahara, Suparna, Tarkshya, Vainateya, Vishnuratha and others. The Vedas provide the earliest reference of Garuda, though by the name of Śyena, where this mighty bird is said to have brought nectar to earth from heaven. The Puranas, which came into existence much later, mention Garuda as doing the same thing, which indicates that Śyena (Sanskrit for Eagle) and Garuda are the same. One of the faces of Śrī Pañcamukha Hanuman is Mahavira Garuda. This face points towards the west. Worship of Garuda is believed to remove the effects of poisons from one's body. In Tamil Vaishnavism Garuda and Hanuman are known as "Periya Thiruvadi" and "Siriya Thiruvadi" respectively.

In the Bhagavad-Gita (Ch.10, Verse 30), in the middle of the battlefied "Kurukshetra", Krishna explaining his omnipresence, says - "Of birds, I am the son of Vineeta (Garuda)" indicating the importance of Garuda.

Garuda plays an important role in Krishna Avatar in which Krishna and Satyabhama ride on Garuda to kill Narakasura. On another occasion, Lord Hari rides on Garuda to save the devotee Elephant Gajendra. It is also said that Garuda's wings when flying will chant the Vedas.

Many many thanks to “Ajnaabi” for providing ACK scan.

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Deb September 3, 2008 at 8:17 AM  

Thanks, Prabhat & Ajnaabi. You're doing a great job.

Your write-up on Garuda is excellent. Keep it up.

Anonymous September 4, 2008 at 12:23 AM  

Thank you very much for your excellent job. Please keep it up.

Anonymous September 4, 2008 at 1:03 AM  

Beautiful:) more stuff....Expecting the Ramayana and the (expanded version) of the Mahabharata soon!

Dhaval September 4, 2008 at 1:36 AM  

Superb comic and great write-up.. Overall, a perfect post!!
Thanks to all contributors for all the efforts..

adibud34 September 4, 2008 at 8:18 PM  

Thanks again, Prabhat! Excellent comic, this one!

Do you have the one ACK where Hanuman beats Garuda in a battle?

adibud34 September 4, 2008 at 8:19 PM  

Thanks again, Prabhat! Excellent comic, this one!

Do you have the one ACK where Hanuman beats Garuda in a battle?

Anonymous September 8, 2008 at 4:29 PM  

Pages 34 and 35 are missing

Anonymous September 16, 2008 at 12:19 PM  

I think the story ends with the snakes trying to drink the drops of nectar spread over the dharba grass and splitting their tongues into two.......

So if the pages are missing, please upload the corrected version!

Anonymous September 17, 2008 at 1:50 PM  

Great postings man . Keep it up. Reminds me of child hood days where I used to wait to read these books

ruchi September 18, 2008 at 2:32 AM  

hmmm long time since saw a new every thing ok.........

The Comic Project September 19, 2008 at 4:53 AM  

Like how you present the comics. It is clean and uncluttered with an excellent summary. Keep up the good work.

Prabhat's Books and Comics September 21, 2008 at 11:30 PM  

Dear Friends! Thank you very much for your kind words. Please keep a little patience till December, I’m busy due some serious works. Sorry for late & short reply.

THP: Thanks, never thought you will like too. In fact your unique style of blogging motivated me to think about presenting these comics such way.

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