Eagle/Garuda in India, Rome and Sri Lanka


It was discovered near the Aldgate Tube station in London.

Research paper written by London Swaminathan
Post No.1310; Dated 25th September 2014.

I wrote three articles about Eagle/ falcon (Garuda in Sanskrit) sometime ago:

“Hindu Eagle Mystery Deepens” — posted on 16th Feb. 2013
Gods and Birds, posted on 3rd Feb. 2013
“Double Headed Eagle: Sumerian –Indian connection”– posted on18 December 2011.

Now there are more interesting things about the eagle in History. Last year the same time, a remarkable discovery was made in London. A Roman eagle with a snake in its mouth was dug out very near the Tower of London. The amazing thing about the sand stone sculpture is that it is intact as if it was made yesterday. Actually it was made 1900 years ago and buried with a wealthy Roman general or businessman of Londinium (London’s original name). From 1st century to fourth century of Common Era, Britain was under the rule of Romans.


Let us look at the interesting things about this remarkable find:
I have already written that the fight between the Snake People and the Eagle people is depicted all over the world from Egyptian to Mayan civilizations. Actually this Garuda- Naga fight has started in Mahabharata times. Flags and emblems of many countries have this Garuda/Naga logo.
This Garuda emblem is mentioned in the Sri Lankan chronicle Mahavamsam as well.

In Sri Lankan Mahavamsam (chapter 19), when Sangamitra, daughter of Emperor Asoka, was travelling in a ship with the Pipal tree (Ficus religiosa), the Nagas (people with snake totem) objected to it. Then Sangamitra ‘assumed’ the form of Garuda and threatened the Nagas. Immediately they made peace with her and accompanied the ship up to the Naga Country (northern part of Sri Lanka). Here we can read between the lines. When Nagas objected, she showed the Garuda devouring Naga emblem to threaten them. The message given by her was “I will take severe action against the Nagas like in the olden days”.

Zeus (Jupiter) on eagle
Zeus riding on an eagle

Ravi Varma picture of Vishnu riding eagle

((What happened in the olden days is explained in detail in the Mahabharata. The clash started when Arjuna and Krishna started burning Naga forest called Khandava Vana (Gond wana Land) and then the enmity continued until a Naga hid himself in a fruit basket and killed Pariksheet. Then Janamaejaya started killing all the Nagas (Sarpa Yaga) and at last Saint Astika made a peace treaty between them. Even today Brahmins recite this story in a mantra every day in the Sandhya Vandhanam))

In Greece Zeus is shown riding an eagle like Vishnu. In Egypt also Naga/eagle logo is shown in some of the seals.

Etana in Babylonia riding on eagle on his way to heaven to get medicinal herb(Soma !)

Roman and Hindu similarities
Rome has eagle as its emblem. But why did they bury a big statue 65 cms tall in a London mausoleum (grave). ‘Daily Mail’ of London explained it in a box item along with the news:–

a) The eagle signifies ‘good’ in Roman art.
b) It is also the symbol of Jupiter, the most popular Roman god at that time.
c) The fact that eagle is eating a snake shows that it has triumphed over death or evil.
d) In Roman art eagles are often shown carrying the souls of Roman emperors to the gods making the mortals divine. This is the reason for placing it in a mausoleum, said Michael Marshall, Roman Finds expert.

Ganymede taken to heaven by eagle (Zeus)

All these points correspond with Hindu mythology. Hindus recite Garuda Purana (Eagle Myth) on the last day of mourning period. They have the same belief of Garuda’s role in the transit of soul. Sumerians also believed that Etana was taken to heaven by an eagle. Greeks also believed that Zeus was riding an eagle like Hindu God Vishnu. Like Sangamitra (In Mahavamsa) threatened the Nagas with eagle emblem, we have similar stories in the Vedas. Ahi, the snake demon was killed by Indra who is comparable to Jupiter of Romans and Zeus of Greeks (I have explained this in detail in my previous articles on Indra).
In short, last year’s London find explains the belief that existed 2000 years ago throughout the world.
siam garuda

Thailand airmail stamp of Garuda; Indonesian airlines is also Garuda Airlines!

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