Showing posts with label Garuda. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Garuda. Show all posts

Hinduism - Who Is Vinata In Hindu Mythology?

 



In Hindu mythology, Vinata is the sister of Kadru and the daughter of the holy sage Daksha.


Vinata gives birth to eagles, the most renowned of which is Garuda, while Kadru gives birth to serpents.


Conflict between these two sisters is said to be the source of the traditional animosity between these two species of animals.


One day, the sisters argue over the color of a certain heavenly horse's tail, with Vinata claiming it is white and Kadru claiming it is black.

The argument intensifies until they agree that the one who is incorrect will become a slave to the other.

To assure her win, Kadru convinces a number of her children to hang from the horse's back, making the tail seem black from a distance.

When Vinata sees the black snakes, she acknowledges her loss and is forced to serve Kadru under exceedingly difficult circumstances for many years.


She is eventually saved by her son, Garuda, who, upon discovering what has happened, begins a never-ending campaign of snake extermination.



~Kiran Atma


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Hinduism - Who Is Suparna In Hindu Mythology?

 

 ("having lovely wings") Garuda is the heavenly eagle that serves as Vishnu's conveyance often described in Hindu literature as Suparna. 


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Hinduism - Who Is Garuda In Hindu Mythology And The Hindu Pantheon?

 

Garuda is a legendary bird that is often depicted as an Indian kite or eagle.

All Hindu gods and goddesses have animal "vehicles" that serve as symbols and allies.

Garuda is believed to be the deity Vishnu's chariot.

Garuda, as Vishnu's chariot, embodies some of Vishnu's protecting and life-affirming attributes.

Garuda is the celestial maiden Vinata's son and the sage Kashyapa's daughter.

Garuda's most famous narrative illustrates why eagles and snakes have such a symbiotic relationship.

Vinata has given birth to an eagle line, while her sister Kadru has given birth to a snake line.

One day, the sisters got into a fight about the color of a heavenly horse's tail—Vinata claims it's white, while Kadru claims it's black.

They eventually come to an agreement that the one who is incorrect would be forced to serve the other.

To assure her win, Kadru convinces a number of her children to hang from the horse's back, making the white tail seem black from a distance.

When Vinata sees the black snakes, she accepts her loss and is forced to serve Kadru for many years under exceedingly difficult circumstances.

When Garuda realizes what has transpired, he begins a never-ending campaign of snake slaughter.



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