Garuda's protecting power

If you travel to Bali, you will see him everywhere ... templates, at the front door entrance of the houses, in the masks hanging on the walls of most souvenir shops etc. That's not without a reason ... Balinese people believe Garuda will protect them from all bad things and evil. 

  Garuda - Kecak dance in Uluwatu Temple

Garuda - Kecak dance in Uluwatu Temple

In Kecak Dance story I've shared with you there's a character named Garuda, a large bird-like creature, or humanoid bird that appears in both Hinduism and Buddhism. When researching a little bit about him, I realized deserves special attention as Garuda represents the mount (vahana) of the Lord Vishnu. Garuda drives away evil spells, black magic influences, negative spirits and removes all poisonous effects in one's body. Garuda is Lord Vishnu's vehicle, as the King of birds he knows the secrets of death and the beyond.

Garuda is also the Hindu name for the constellation Aquila. The brahminy kite and phoenix are considered to be the contemporary representations of Garuda.

  Garuda -  painted wood carving

Garuda -  painted wood carving

  Another painted wood carving of Garuda

Another painted wood carving of Garuda

 Another representation of Garuda - wood carving

Another representation of Garuda - wood carving

  Garuda - stone sculpture in Ubud Temple

Garuda - stone sculpture in Ubud Temple

The modern symbolism of Garuda

In Indonesia, India and the rest of Southeast Asia Garuda stands for the eagle symbolism. Garuda is today a national emblem of Indonesia.

  Garuda as represented today on Indonesian's national flag.

Garuda as represented today on Indonesian's national flag.

The Coat of Arms of Indonesia is called Garuda Pancasila and itwas designed by Sultan Hamid II of Pontianak. On February 11, 1950 it was adopted as national coat of arms

The main part of the coat of arms is the golden mythical bird Garuda with shield on its chest and a scroll gripped by its leg bears the national motto: "Bhinneka Tunggal Ika", roughly means "Unity in Diversity". The shield's five emblems represent Pancasila, the five principles of Indonesia's national philosophy. The numbers of feathers was meant to symbolise the date of Indonesian Proclamation of Independence; 17 feathers on each wings, 8 tail feathers, 19 upper tail feathers (under the shield, above the tail), and 45 neck feathers; all symbolise 17-8-1945; 17th August 1945.

The Coat of Arms of Indonesia is called Garuda Pancasila. The main part of the coat of arms is the golden mythical bird Garuda With A SHIELD on its chest and a scroll gripped by its leg bears the national motto: "Bhinneka Tunggal Ika", roughly means "Unity in Diversity". The shield's five emblems represent Pancasila, the five principles of Indonesia's national philosophy. The numbers of feathers was meant to symbolise the date of Indonesian Proclamation of Independence; 17 feathers on each wings, 8 tail feathers, 19 upper tail feathers (under the shield, above the tail), and 45 neck feathers; all symbolise 17-8-1945; 17th August 1945. Garuda Pancasila was designed by Sultan Hamid II of Pontianak, and was adopted as national coat of arms on February 11, 1950.

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