She is the second wife of long-suffering KASYAPA.
His first wife, the snaky KADRU, had asked for 1,000 children, so modest VINATA asked for only two — but on the condition that they should be more powerful than all KADRU’s brood. That seemed fair, so she was blessed with the bouncing babies VARUNA and GARUDA.
Unfortunately, number one wife KADRU made VINATA’S life hell. First she was taken prisoner. Then KADRU refused to release her unless one of her boys stole some Amrita from Heaven.
GARUDA with his eagle wings managed it, and after his mother was freed, the lads declared a vendetta against all descendants of KADRU. To this day the Eagle God and the Sun God hate snakes.