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Monday, April 4, 2011

Sri Garuda Temple

The temple of Garuda (also called Garudalwar), is directly opposite the presiding deity in the Sri Venkateswara temple.
Garuda is a faithful devotee of the Lord and he stands with his hands joined in supplication (the Anjali pose). Being the Lord's mount he is shown with outstretched wings, ever ready to carry him. You will find Garuda's image not only in the shrine but also at the corners of theprakarams, mandapams and vimanas
At the commencement of the annual Brahmotsavam of Lord Sri Venkateswara, a flag with the image of Garuda is hoisted on the Dhwajasthamba. It is believed that the Prasadam offered to Garuda in this temple, if partaken, will bless the sterile with children.
Every day, after completing the early morning puja conducted for Lord Sri Venkateswara, the Bali Bera of the Lord is taken out in a palanquin to give offerings to Parivaradevatas. The Lord is believed to personally supervise the food arrangements made for his subordinates, attendants and devotees. The palanquin called Sibika is considered to be Garuda himself.
An utsava murti of Garuda is kept in the Ramar Meda along with other bronze images.

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