Garuda is depicted as having the golden body of a strong man with red wings and an eagle's beak, and wearing a crown on his head. This ancient deity was said to be massive, large enough to block out the sun. Garuda is invoked as a symbol of impetuous violent force, of speed, and of martial prowess. Garuda is so powerful that even Krishna carries the image of Garuda on his banner. According to the great Sanskrit epic Mahabharata, when Garuda first burst forth from his egg, he appeared as a raging inferno equal to the cosmic conflagration that consumes the world at the end of every age. Frightened, the gods begged him for mercy. Garuda, hearing their plea, reduced himself in size and energy. Even in Buddhism Garuda is a feared deva or deity. In Buddhist myth Garuda's wings are said to have a span of many miles. According to Buddhist lore when Garuda's wings flap, they create hurricane-force winds that darken the sky and blow down houses. A human being is so small compared to Garuda that a man can hide in his plumage without even being noticed.
All we can say is Garuda is one Bad-Ass deity we want on our side, battling for Truth, Justice, and the American Way!