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Garuda – (Tib. khyung) one of the four dignities, which represent qualities of the windhorse.

Garuda symbolizes the fire element. It abides in the north. It is sometimes said to symbolize freedom from hopes and fears.

Garuda images often depict the Garuda holding a serpent in its arms and beak.

In some prayers, it is also considered one of the three deities of protection.