Garuda (Skt. garuḍa; Tib. ཁྱུང་, khyung, Wyl. khyung) – is a mythical bird-like creature that is featured in both Buddhist and Hindu lore. They also symbolize various elements of the Buddhist path.
Garuda, in Hindu mythology, is the bird (a kite or an eagle) and the vahana (mount) of the god Vishnu. In Rigveda, the sun is compared to a bird in its flight across the sky, and an eagle carries the ambrosial soma plant from heaven to earth.