SculpturesLargeGaruda -...

Garuda - Glorious, Humble, and Powerful

Garuda - Glorious, Humble, and Powerful
Availability: Can be backordered
Specifications:
South Indian Temple Wood Carving
24" X 17" X 10.4"
10 Kg
Item Code: ZU27
Price: $1350.00
Shipping Free - 4 to 6 days
This item can be back ordered
Time required to recreate this artwork: 20 to 24 weeks
Advance to be paid now (% of product value): 20%
Balance to be paid once product is ready: 80%
The amount to be tendered as advance to back order this artwork: $270.00
Viewed 6606 times since 2nd Oct, 2008
Garuda 'the devourer,' is the mythical 'Lord of Birds' in the Hindu tradition. In the Puranic legends, he is the son of Kashyapa and Vinata, and is said to have emerged fully grown from an egg, after incubating for five hundred years.

Originally the Indian Garuda was represented as a bird. Later his form assumed that of a 'bird man'- a creature half eagle and half man, combining a human body with a bird's head, beak, and wings. Zoomorphic variations of the Garuda's artistic representation diffused throughout India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Burma, Thailand, and South East Asia. In Bali his animalistic image assumed great popularity.

Bejewelled richly, and wearing a short dhoti which ends slightly above his knees, Garuda is adorned here with the typical South Indian high-crown, known as kirti-mukuta, or the 'crown of glory.' He stands upon a high, multiple-tiered pedestal, embellished with lotus-petal motifs all round.

Garuda's body is well-proportioned and majestic. Though his hands folded in the 'namaskar' mudra express his humility, the strong and lithe body are ample indicators of his inherent power. He stands in a dynamic posture with the left leg slightly ahead of the right. There is a Vaishnavite tilaka on his joyful, smiling face, indicating his status as the mount of Lord Vishnu. His fully outstretched wings extend to the two sides. For earrings, Garuda has two serpents, while another entwines itself in his left arm, raising its venomous hoods at the wrist.

Garuda has always been the sworn enemy of snakes and nagas. The archetypal legend of the enmity that exists between birds of prey and serpents occurs across a wide spectrum of transcultural mythologies. Such birds include the Sumerian and Greek eagle, the poison-transmuting peacock of Persia and India, the Chinese peng-niao, and the gigantic snake-eating simurgh or rukh of Sinbad's adventures in Arabian nights.

Literally, the word Garuda means 'wings of speech'. He actually personifies Vedic knowledge. On his wings,as it were, Vedic knowledge has come down to us. He is also known as Suparna (beautiful wings), Garutman (the solar bird), Sarparati (enemy of serpents), and Khageshvara or Pakshiraj (Lord of birds). The female bird is known as Garudi.

The sculptor of this fine representation of Garuda is Shri S. Dhatcinamoorthi of Kallakurichi (dist. Villupuram, Tamil Nadu).


Delivered by to all international destinations within 3 to 5 days, fully insured.

Read more...
Based on your browsing history
Loading... Please wait
Testimonials
I have always been delighted with your excellent service and variety of items.
James, USA
I've been happy with prior purchases from this site!
Priya, USA
Thank you. You are providing an excellent and unique service.
Thiru, UK
Thank You very much for this wonderful opportunity for helping people to acquire the spiritual treasures of Hinduism at such an affordable price.
Ramakrishna, Australia
I really LOVE you! Wonderful selections, prices and service. Thank you!
Tina, USA
This is to inform you that the shipment of my order has arrived in perfect condition. The actual shipment took only less than two weeks, which is quite good seen the circumstances. I waited with my response until now since the Buddha statue was a present that I handed over just recently. The Medicine Buddha was meant for a lady who is active in the healing business and the statue was just the right thing for her. I downloaded the respective mantras and chants so that she can work with the benefits of the spiritual meanings of the statue and the mantras. She is really delighted and immediately fell in love with the beautiful statue. I am most grateful to you for having provided this wonderful work of art. We both have a strong relationship with Buddhism and know to appreciate the valuable spiritual power of this way of thinking. So thank you very much again and I am sure that I will come back again.
Bernd, Spain
You have the best selection of Hindu religous art and books and excellent service.i AM THANKFUL FOR BOTH.
Michael, USA
I am very happy with your service, and have now added a web page recommending you for those interested in Vedic astrology books: https://www.learnastrologyfree.com/vedicbooks.htm Many blessings to you.
Hank, USA
As usual I love your merchandise!!!
Anthea, USA
You have a fine selection of books on Hindu and Buddhist philosophy.
Walter, USA