What is the cultural symbol in Indonesia?
Indonesia’s official coat of arms is centered on the Garuda, and ancient, mythical bird from the country’s historical epics. Like the Bald Eagle in the United States, the Garuda is often used to represent Indonesia. A great deal of symbolism runs through the Garuda. The eagle is a symbol of creative energy.
Why is Garuda Worshipped?
According to the tradition connected with this temple Garuda, the vehicle (vahana) of God Vishnu once undertook severe penance on the rock in Anthili and had a vision (darshan) of Vishnu as Lakshmi Narasimha. Garuda requested the deity to remain in this place so that other devotees could also worship here.