Garud (Sanskrit: गरुड) is a Sanskrit word which means literally means eagle.
In Hinduism Garud is humanoid bird which is the carrier of Lord Vishnu.
According to Unadi-Sutra (उणादि-सूत्र), Garud means " devourer ", because Garud (गरुड) was perhaps originally identified with the all-consuming fire of the sun's rays. It is a name of a mythical bird, known as the carrier of Lord Vishnu. As mentioned in Bhagwat Gita, Garud is son of Kasyapa and Vinata. Garud represents winged sonds which lifts one higher and higher.
Reference of Garud is found in many places like Puranas, Vedas, Ramayana and Mahabharata. Garuda plays an important role in Krishna Avatar in which Krishna and Satyabhama ride on Garuda to kill Narakasura.
Reference of Garuda also found in Harivansha (हरिवंश), Known as name of a son of Krishna (कृष्ण).
Garud appears in both Hinduism and Buddhism. In Buddhist mythology, the Garuda are enormous predatory birds with intelligence and social organization.
Garud has significance as mythical bird. It is not a name of humans. That is the reason, name Garud is not a very popular name in India. As per social media count this name is adopted by only few people as the name of their babies in India.
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