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Strikingly coloured, handmade wooden statue of Garudavahana.
Garuda is regarded as the king of birds in Indian theology. He is a very powerful celestial being who is also the mount of supreme god Vishnu. Story of Garuda’s birth is narrated in the Mahabharata. Being a mount of Lord Vishnu and a devotee too, Garuda features prominently in Vaishnava literature.
Read more about Garuda here.
This wood statue is of Garudavahana or of Garuda as a mount. Vahana is a Sanskrit word meaning ‘mount in English.
Garuda is seen in ready-to-fly position with his wings upraised, one foot and one knee placed firmly on ground and waiting upon Vishnu. His hands are spread in anticipation, ready to be placed under Vishnu’s feet after he sits on his shoulders.
Garuda statues are seen in this pose in many Vishnu temples, outside the garbha griha (sanctum santorum).
This wood statue of Garudavahana is medium sized and is ideally suited to be placed both indoors and out.