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Garuda is known as the eternal sworn enemy of the Nāga serpent race and known for feeding exclusively on snakes, such behavior may have referred to the actual short-toed eagle of India.The image of Garuda is often used as the charm or amulet to protect the bearer from snake attack and its poison, since the king of birds is an implacable enemy and "devourer of serpent".With the position of Garuda's hands and palms, he is also called 'Kai Yendhi Perumal', in Tamil.IN THE MAHABHARATABIRTH AND DEEDSThe story of Garuda's birth and deeds is told in the first book of the great epic Mahabharata. According to the epic, when Garuda first burst forth from his egg, he appeared as a raging inferno equal to the cosmic conflagration that consumes the world at the end of every age. Garuda, hearing their plea, reduced himself in size and energy. He had two wives, Vinata and Kadru, who were daughters of Prajapathi Daksha.
Undaunted, Garuda hastened toward the abode of the gods intent on robbing them of their treasure.Impatient, Vinata broke open one egg, which was half formed with the upper half only as a human and was thus deformed.Her half formed son cursed her that she would be slave for her sister (she was her rival) for a long time by which time her second son would be born who would save her from his curse; her first son who flew away and came to prominence as Aruna, the red spectacle seen as the Sun rises in the morning, and as also charioteer of the Sun.On another occasion, Lord Hari rides on Garuda to save the devotee elephant Gajendra.It is also said that Garuda's wings when flying will chant the Vedas.