Alternatively Suparna, Superna, and/or Supanna (meaning 'well-winged', or 'having good wings').
One of the earliest, yet mightiest, of fabulous mythical birds.
The Garuda legend was born in India, even though it appears in both Hindu and Buddhist mythology.
Originally, the Garuda was reputed to be an enormous bird of prey with a golden body and scarlet wings, which carried the great Hindu god Vishnu through the sky.
Eventually, however, the Garuda acquired human arms, legs, and torso. It was thought to be an indefatigable enemy of all snakes, including those that Buddhists considered divine. As a result, they regarded the Garuda as a demon. Other myths tell that Garuda's mother laid an egg, hence his assumed bird-like form.
According to the great Sanscrit epic Mahabharata, when Garuda first erupted from his egg, it appeared as a blazing inferno equal to the cosmic destruction that consumes the world at the conclusion of every age. Frightened, the gods begged it for mercy. Garuda, hearing their plea, diminished himself in size and energy.
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