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Garuda Seva – Importance of Garuda Vahana

Garuda Seva is an important ceremony during the Brahmotsavam in Vishnu Temples in South India. It is popularly known as Garuda Vahana procession. The importance of Garuda Seva is due to the fact that it is the most auspicious ritual during the Brahmotsavam.

In the ritual, the processional murti of the form of Bhagvan Srihari Vishnu worshipped is taken around the temple street atop Garuda – the holy bird which is also the vehicle or Vahana of Vishnu. Seeing the sit of Vishnu atop Garuda is highly meritorious.

Garuda Vahana procession is usually held during the night.  It continues for several hours. The deity is fully attired and wears rare ancient jewels.

The most important Garuda Vahana procession is held at the world famous Tirupati Balaji Temple. The day attracts more than 100,000 devotees.