Here is my third entry for BettyLouise’s, IdahoBlueBird50 Mysteries Blog, Animal of the Day (AOTD) challenge. Here is the link to BettyLouise’s blog

Garuda is a legendary bird or bird-like creature in Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism. He is the vehicle mount (vahana) of the Hindu god Vishnu, a dharma-protector and Astasena in Buddhism, and the Yaksha of the Jain Tirthankara Shantinatha respectively. Garuda is described as the king of birds and a kite-like figure. He is shown either in zoomorphic form (giant bird with partially open wings) or an anthropomorphic form (man with wings and some bird features). Garuda is generally a protector with power to swiftly go anywhere, ever watchful and an enemy of the serpent. In Hinduism, Garuda is a divine eagle-like sun bird and the king of birds. He is described to be the vehicle mount of the Hindu god Vishnu, and typically they are shown together. Garuda, also referred to as Garula, are golden-winged birds in Buddhist texts. In Buddhism, the Garuda are enormous predatory birds with a wingspan of 330 yojanas. In Jainism, Garuda is a yaksha or guardian for Shantinatha. Garuda is portrayed as a human figure with wings and a strand-circle.