lundi 31 juillet 2017
Garuda in flight bearing Vishnu, Rajasthan, Bundi, c. 1785.
Shiva transformed into a naga (serpent) and Ardjuna transformed into a garuda (eagle) in battle, Wayang wong dance, Java, Indonesia, ca. 1937
Myths of the Hindus & Buddhists
Margaret E. Noble
London: George G. Harrap & Co., 1913.
Garuda. Gelug Lineage, Tibet. 1700s.
Having the face of a bird, two eyes, a beak and two horns raising above with a slight curve, his orange eyebrows and hair flow upward like flame. The arms are outstretched to each side holding the head and tail of a long spotted snake while biting the mid-section with the beak. On the crown of the head is a golden jewel plundered from the Naga Realms. He is adorned with gold and jewel ornaments in the form of bracelets, armlets and two necklaces. Behind and beneath the arms green and brown feathered wings are unfurled. From the waist up he is blue-black in colour. The waist and lower body are well covered in yellow plumage with dark brown tail feathers showing between the legs. With two red talons each clutching a green snake he stands above a sun disc and pink lotus seat. In front of a four tiered white structure symbolic of mount Sumeru, the king of mountains, Black Garuda stands completely surrounded by red and orange flames of pristine awareness.
Sri Vishnu and Sri Lakshmi on Garuda
Statue of Vishnu mounting the Garuda, Garuda Wisnu Kencana Cultural Park, Bali
THE GODDESS VARAHI SEATED ON GARUDA
JAIPUR, RAJASTHAN, NORTH INDIA, CIRCA 1880