Garuda

From Pavala vannar koil, Kanchipuram

Garuda, the legendary bird akin to Brahmini kite is the vaahana (vehicle) of Lord Vishnu. He is often depicted in the anthropomorphic form as above. He is a protector and powerful. The legend of Garuda appears in Buddhism and Jainism.

From Belur

From the Hoysala period temple at Belur, Karnataka.