WHEN RAGHURAMA BECOMES “GARUDA GAMANA”…
Tiruapti, 8 April 2016: On the fifth day evening, Lord Sri Rama took celestial ride on the most significant one of all VAHANAM processions, the Garuda Vahanam and blessed His devotees.
IMPORTANCE OF GARUDA IN HINDU MYTHOLOGY:
Garuda, the King of Aves, is the favourite carrier of Lord Vishnu and all His incarnations. Garuda is depicted as having the golden body of a strong man with a white face, red wings, and an eagle’s beak and with a crown on his head. This ancient deity was said to be massive, large enough to block out even the Sun with his gigantic pair of wings.
ORNAMENTS WITH SERPENTS:
The unique feature of Garuda as described in Puranas says that He wears the serpent King Adisesha on his left small toenail and the serpent Gulika on his right cerebral cortex. The serpent Vasuki forms his sacred thread. While the horrifying King cobra Takshaka forms his belt on his hip. The snake Karkotaka is worn as his necklace. The snakes Padma and Mahapadma are his ear rings. The snake Shankachuda adorns his divine hair. He is flanked by his two wives ‘Rudra’ and ‘Sukeerthi’.
Our ancient scripts says Garuda represents the five Vayus within us including prana, apana, vyana, udana, samana through his five forms Satya, Suparna, Garuda, Tarkshya, Vihageshwara. These five vayus through yoga can be controlled through Pranayama which can lead to Kundalini awakening leading to higher levels of consciousness. Hence Garuda is considered as one who emanates Kundalini Shakti.
By riding this mighty Garuda Lord conveys a message to His devotees about the importance of awakening Kundalini Shakti to lead a righteous life.
TTD Chairman Dr Ch Krishnamurthy, TTD EO Dr D Sambasiva Rao, JEO Sri Pola Bhaskar, Dyeo Smt Munilakshmi, Superintendent Sri Uma Maheshwar Reddy Temple Inspector Sri Sesha Reddy, Temple Archaka Sri Nandu Swamy, Archakas Sri Kiran Swamy, Tarun Swamy and large number of devotees took part.
ISSUED BY TTDs PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER, TIRUPATI