Garuda, a bird deity, with the head and wings of an eagle and sometimes with the rest of his body like that of a man, is called the king of birds and he is also the
celestial vehicle of Lord Vishnu
Garuda is also known by another name Vinayaka, which he shares with Lord
Ganesha. Thus, this god-bird is thought to be remover of obstacles. Garuda is not separately worshipped as an independent god. He is worshipped together with Vishnu
GARUDA AT SSVT
In Sri Siva Vishnu Temple, Garuda is installed in front of the Venakateswara sannidi and
also next to the Vishnu Dwajastampam.
At the top of the Rajagopuram two Garudas adorn the northeast and northwest corners. Similarly,
Garuda also occupies the top of the Vishnu Dwajasthambha inside the Vasantha Mandapam.