Garuda on Vijaynagar coin

24 Jan 2022  Mon

According to Hindu mythology, Garuda is the Vahana (mount) of God Vishnu, one of the principal deities of Hinduism and the protector of Dharma. Garuda is the king of birds and a kite-like figure; he is a legendary bird or bird-like creature of Hindu, Buddhist, and Jain mythology. It represents birth and heaven and is the enemy of all snakes. Garuda gradually acquired more human form over the centuries, maintaining only his wings.

This copper five jital issued by Vijaynagar Empire king Krinadeva Raya weighs around 16.16g. The obverse side of this coin depicts Garuda running to the left and the reverse side of this coin is inscribed with the Devnagari legend ‘Sri Pra Ta Pa Krishna Raya’.

Image Courtesy: Todywalla Auction

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