Kneeling down in reverence to his master, hands respectfully folded in anjali mudra, his posture and gesture speak of devotion and humility. He has wings, which are not visible frontally, and a birdlike human held with a curved beak. He is wearing a small crown and jewellery befitting a cosmic being. Due to his flight across the heavens, Garuda can be seen as a solar symbol. He is also an arch enemy of serpents. But since Vishnu is linked with both the eternal antagonist, Sesha, the serpent and Garuda, the snake's opponent, Garuda cannot be disassociated from snakes. To strengthen his fact, we see snakes emerging from the head and shoulders of this composite being.
Garuda placed on a circular pedestal, inspires awe as a small but strong image. It inspires one on the way to devotion and integrity.
This description by Renu Rana.