Sunday, 12 August 2012

Garudadhwani - A voice of Garuda

This post was to be posted along with my other blogs on birds the name of which are found in the name of carnatic ragas. But somehow whatever I wrote and saved was in some other computer in which I did not have access afterwards.  Today, I got free time to spend on computer which made it is possible for me  to write and post  this.  MY blog is used for my writing on  subjects related to music, mysticism, miscellaneous and yoga.

Garuda, a  mythical bird or bird-like creature that appearing  in both Hindu and Buddhist mythology is   regarded as king of birds and is  worshiped being the trusty mount of Vishnu and the remover of  the effects of poisons from one's body.  It is the implacable enemy of snakes Garuda Vidya is the  mantra against snake poison to remove all kinds of evil The large mythical bird with eagle-like features that appears as the subject of  certain mythological stories is represented with a human upper body, big eyes, beak, short blue horns, yellow hair standing on end, bird's claws and wings. However, sometimes, Garuda is represented in human form with wings. 

Vishnu was pleased with  Garuda's strength and determination which was noticed at the time of Garuda's attempts to bring nectar to save his mother. Garuda plays an important role in Krishna Avatar in which Krishna and Satyabhama ride on Garuda to kill Narakasura. On another occasion, Lord Hari rides on Garuda to save the devotee Elephant Gajendra.    Garuda's wings are believed to be  chanting  the Vedas while flying. Throughout the Mahabharata, Garuda is invoked as a symbol of impetuous violent force, of speed, and of martial prowess. India uses Garuda as military symbols: It becomes a guiding spirit as this  majestic Eagle soars high in the air, sharp and agile, always ahead

Garuda became  national emblem  of Thailand and Indonesia.   The emblem of  Thailand’s Garuda  is portrayed  more traditional anthropomorphic mythical style and Indonesian Garuda is represented  in heraldic style with traits. In Indonesia, Thailand and Mangolia it is not only used as a cultural symbol  but also certain organizations are named after Garuda. Indonesian airline,  football teams and in many other places, Garuda’s name is in use. There are music, malls and many which are found to have named after Garuda.

In Yogasana, Garudasana or Eagle Pose increases the ability to concentrate, improves leg and foot stability and promotes balance. Brings mental harmony. Has a beneficial influence on the male reproductive organs and is specifically recommended for prostate problems.The other important point is that Garuda represents the five vayus within us : prana, vyana, udana, samana, brahmana through his five forms Satya, Suparna, Garuda, Tarkshya, Vihageshwara. These five vayus through yoga can be controlled through Pranayama which can lead to Kundalini awakening leading to higher levels of consciousness.

The main reason for my writing this blog is my interest in music and therefore, a raga name referring to Garuda is "Garudadhwani" in which 'Thathvameruga Tharama" is  the only very popular piece. I could hear the song when my vocal sir  taught my  junior who is also my friend. Through this song Tyagaraja is asking if It is possible to know the meaning of the eternal truth of "Tatvamasi". The lyrics and meaning  of the song is :

tatvameruga taramA para

tatvamasi yanu vAkyArthamu rAma nIvanu para


tamasa rAjasa guNamula tannu kollu pOdayA rAma bhaktuDaina tyAgarAja vinuta vEda shAstra

Is it possible to realize and experience the profundity of the vedic declaration, Tatvamasi-"You are that"? The traits of Tamasa and Rajasa gunas can never be avoided by us. It is possible to know the meaning of the eternal truth of "Tatvamasi" O Rama!?

This raga has a shade of western music when sung or played in drutakala. Most of the svaras are used without gamaka. The reverse of Bilahari making seven notes on the ascending scale, but only five on the descending  Carnatic Kritis found in this raga  are:
  1.         Ananda Sagara Tala:-Adi  Composer:-Thyagaraja                                                                
  2.       Tatva Meruga  Tala:-Rupaka -Thyagaraja
  3.        Devi Kamalalaye Tala:-Adi  Composer:-Mysore Vasudevacharya
  4.        Emineramunnani, Garudadhwani, Krithi, Adi, Garbhapurivasa  
  5.       Garudavahana, , Rupaka, Muthaiah Bhagavatar
  6.       Rajarajeswarii, Adi, Muthaiah Bhagavatar
  7.       Sri bhavamchinmayam, , Misra Chapu, Muthaiah Bhagavatar
  8.       Chandamundasiraschethry,  Rupaka, Muthaiah Bhagavatar
  9.       Nitho jeeppaka Adi Pallavi Sesha Iyer
  10.      Kaaththarul Adi Abraham Pandithar
  11.     Pakshiraja garuda Triputa Lakshmikrishna
 Some websites  I used for listening certain concerts:  are:


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