Gorudo is a mythical bird and has been held in great

veneration in Ind io from time immemorial. Many lndologists
hold that this deity is of Dravidian origin.
A stone flog·post, often covered with metal plate, with
on image of Gorudo on top, is invdriobly erected in front
of the image of the Deity in all Voishnovoite temples.
Besides This, another huge idol of Garuda is often installed

in most Voishnavoite temples, as he is considered to be
one of the greatest devotees 01 Lord Vishnu. During the
GupTa age, whi ch is referred to as the golden era of Indian
History, Ihe Imperi ol sTandard had a Garudo image on il.
Gorudo is represented os 0 large white-necked eagle,
but his i mages in the temples show him with a human trunk.
Serpents are the natural food of the qle. The reason lor
this enmity is traced in the Ad i PONO of the Mahabhar('
TO the ieolousy between Kodru and Vi noto, the moth.!
the serpents and Gorudo respect ive ly.
Only Vishfl u coul d have th.se nro born enemi es
' Garuda, the mighty eagle and Shesho, the great serpent
wa it UpOfl him. He II ses Shesha as the couch afld Garuda
as the moufl t.
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