The third day of Brahmothsavam is of special significance ~ it is Garuda Vahanam for Perumal. Garuda is depicted as having the golden body of a strong person, has a white face, wings, prominent beak, wears a crown – massive, strong – and more than anything else – ever devoted to Sriman Narayanan, carrying Him on his shoulders all the time. His devotion and being close to Emperuman all the time – Garuda, is admired as ‘Periya Thiruvadi’.
Perumal has purappadu in Garuda Sevai on other occasions with Masi Magam, Gajendra Moksham, Panguni Uthram being special. Today browsing my archives for other reasons, found these 2 photos – found them to be impressive and hence posting here.
Azhagiya Singar Garuda Sevai July 2006
Sri Parthasarathi Masi Magam at Bay of Bengal Mar 2008