Lord Garuda is a King of Birds and Mount (Vahana) of Lord Vishnu. The Shatapatha Brahmana mentions Garuda as the personification of courage. The story of Garuda’s birth is told in the Adi Parva Mahabharata. According to the epic, the father of Garuda was Rishi Kashyapa.
Legend has it that Lord Garuda has the torso and the arms of a man and the wings, head, beak, and talons of an eagle or vulture. His body is in golden color, having red wings, and a white face. Similarly, Garuda appears in the form of the enemy for all snakes which is a symbol of death and underworld.
Garuda mantras are chanted to remove negative influences in one’s life.
Garuda Gayatri Mantra
ॐ तत्पुरुषाय विद्महे सुवर्णपक्षाय धीमहि तन्नो गरुडः प्रचोदयात् |
oṃ tatpuruṣāya vidmahe suvarṇapakṣāya dhīmahi tanno garuḍaḥ pracodayāt |
Meaning – We meditate on Garuda, the Great Soul, the manifestation of Supreme Consciousness. May He, who has golden wings, give me clarity. Oh Garuda, please bring me enlightenment and inspiration.
Benefits – Garuda Gayatri Mantra is a protective mantra. It is traditionally recited for fear of snakes, for the healing of snake bites and also for fever. Garuda Gayatri is also said to help against black magic and negative forces. In Jyotisha, Vedic astrology, Garuda Gayatri is sometimes recommended for problems related to Rahu or Ketu. Garuda Gayatri is also recommended if you accidentally mistreat a snake.
Mantra for Garuda Puja
According to the Nāṭyaśāstra, 3.40-44 gods and demigods should be worshipped with offerings and mantras. The Garuda Mantra to be uttered at the time of making an offering to Lord Garuda:
वैनतेय महासत्व सर्वपक्षिपते विभो ।
प्रगृह्यतां बलिर्देव मन्त्रपूतो मयोद्यतः ॥
vainateya mahāsatva sarvapakṣipate vibho |
pragṛhyatāṃ balirdeva mantrapūto mayodyataḥ ||
Meaning – O the son of Vinatā, the high-souled one, the lord, the king of all the birds, accept this my best offering.