The double headed mythological bird of exceedingly great prowess. In the puranas, Vishnu is said to have assumed this form to vanquish Sarabha (which in turn was the form assumed by shiva to vanquish the Narasimha form of Vishnu, when all gods were terrorized by it).

The bird is said to be mentioned in Rg-Veda as the Golden winged bird (Suparna)......[Pratima Kosha,Vol II, S.K.Ramachandra Rao, Kalpatharu Research Academy Publication]

Here we find the Ganda-bherunda as a decorative motif in the ceiling painting of the Nandi mandapam of Thanjavur Brihadiswara temple.

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