- This article is about the divine bird in Hindu and Buddhist mythology, for other uses, see Garuda (disambiguation).
Garuda with the head and wings of eagle and sometimes with the rest of his body like that of a man is called the king of birds and he is also the carrier of god Vishnu.
Garuda is also known by another name Vinayaka, which he shares with Ganesha. Thus, this god-bird is thought to be remover of obstacles. Garuda is not separately worshipped as an independent god.