Garuda Panchasat

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This stotra, couched in the grand sragdhara metre (21 syllables to a quarter), is in praise of Garuda, the vehicle of Vishnu and also the ensign on His banner. Garuda is celebrated as Vedaatma or embodiment of the Vedas. It was Garuda that gave upadesa of Hayagriva mantra to Desika atop the hill in Tiruvahindrapuram and hence out of gratitude Desika must have sung this hymn. Sloka 52 says that Garuda had also laid a command on him in this behalf. The stotra consists of five sections as indicated in the stotra itself. For sheer rhythm and flow of words this stotra has no equal. Several sabda-chitras add to its greatness. Sloka 6 reckons from 1 to infinity. Above all this stotra is a talismanic recipe for all poisons, diseases etc. The very first sloka enshrines the Garuda mantra.

वक्ता, श्रोता, वचन-विशयः, प्रीयतां वेङ्कटेशः