In Hindu mythology Lord Garuda is the king of birds and sacred vehicle of Lord Vishnu. Lord Garuda is portrait as having a head and wings of an eagle whereas his body belongs to that of man. His head is white, red wings, and a golden body. He is one of the main animal deities. Garuda is the enemy of all the nagas (serpents). Lord Garuda is the son of sage Kashyap and Vinita (Daksha's daughter). The speed of Garuda flight mocks wind. He is a good messenger between gods and men.
Sri Krishna and his consort, Satyabhama, are often depicted as riding on Garuda when the former goes to slay Narakasura. Vishnu and Lakshmi are also shown riding Garuda. It is believed that Garuda's wings chant the Vedas as he flies around the heavens. Garuda has been given various other names, such as Chirada, Khageshwara, Kamayusha, Gaganeshwara, Nagantaka, Kashyapi, Sitanana, Suparna, Tarkshya, Vishnuratha, Vainateya and so on and so forth.
Garuda's strong position in Hinduism can be estimated by the fact that two ancient Hindu texts, the Garudopanishad and the Garuda Purana, are both dedicated to him. The Vedas make a mention of Garuda, referring to him as Syena, where this mighty Eagle is adored as the one who brought nectar from heaven to earth. The Puranas also talk about this deed, again equating Garuda with Syena (Sanskrit word for Eagle).
One of the faces of the Panchamukha (five-faced) Hanuman, pointing in the Westerly direction, is that of Mahavira Garuda. Among many Tamil Vaishnava sects, Garuda and Hanuman are referred to as "Periya Tiruvadi" and "Siriya Tiruvadi" respectively.
In the Bhagavad Gita, Sri Krishna, while at the battlefield of Kurukshetra, describes himself as being powerful and omnipresent. He says, "As the son of Vinata, I am the form of Garuda, the King of the birds".
Mantra for Sri Garuda yantra :-
" Kshipa Aum swaha "
Details of Sri Garuda yantra:-
- Metal - Copper
- Size of yantra - 3 inches x 3 inches
- Weight of yantra - 30 to 35 grams (approx.)
- Guage - Heavy
- Benefits - Can be used in Garuda Sadhana and for blessings of Sri Garuda