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Garudas at Wat Pho Bangkok, Thailand | by Anoop Negi
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Garudas at Wat Pho Bangkok, Thailand

A strong row of Garudas hold centre stage on the outer wall of the Wat Pho temple in Bangkok.

 

Thailand is a Buddhist country but there are a lot of Hindu motifs abound in the architecture and culture of the kingdom.

Garuda is depicted as a bird, a raptor, with immense power and capable of violence and in Hinduism is regarded as the vehicle of Vishnu. Reference to Garuda abound in the early Hindu literature as well as in the epic Mahabharata.

 

In Buddhism, Garuda appears as an eagle form and Buddha is supposed to have intervened in the constant strife between the Eagles and the Serpents. What this mythological parable has to do with philosophical semblence of exostence, I am afraid, I do not know.

 

What is captivating is the long row of identical Garudas that stretch along the side of the temple. It is difficult to get a shot without a human being in the frame as the number of visitors thronging the area is enormous. I was lucky.

 

This was shot handheld at f16 at 1/25 sec and thankfully the godly spirits and creatures were co operating to give a steady frame.

  

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Taken on May 18, 2016