7 Facts & Significance of Hanuman
Who is Lord Hanuman?
Hanuman, a devoted follower of Lord Rama, is an exemplar of bravery, loyalty, and courage. He motivates us with all of his acts to overcome all of life’s obstacles and to brave the odds. Panchamukhi Hanuman is the divine character of his miraculous existence in mythology.
Hanuman has transcended the five senses, making him a powerful yogi (mystic) (Pancha Indriyas). The Tamil author Kamba Ramayanam describes the relation of the five elements with Hanuman as follows:
- Hanuman is known as Pavana Thanaya or Pawan Putra and is regarded as the son of the wind. He is incredibly powerful and can move through the air. It is believed that Lord Air is Lord Hanuman’s father-Air.
- Hanuman accompanied Lord Rama in rescuing Devi Sita by crossing a wide body of water, which is why he is regarded as having overcome a nature element-Water.
- He effortlessly moved through the sky as he leaped over it, giving him the ability to pass one of the five elements – Sky.
- Devi Sita, who is regarded as the daughter of the earth, was initially introduced to him during her rescue operation. Consequently, Hanuman received a natural favor from another aspect- Earth.
- He set fire to Lanka, and the flames favored his behavior. Which made him again the master of the fifth element – Fire.
Who is Panchamukhi Hanuman?
Hanuman was a devoted follower of Lord Rama and a mighty fighter. He was a favorite of Lord Rama.
Hanuman took on Panchamukhi form during the Ramayana conflict in order to eliminate ‘Ahiravana’, a formidable rakshasa, black magician and practitioner of the dark arts.
What Does Panchamukhi Hanuman Signify?
A representation of watchfulness and command over the five directions, particularly the upward direction, is the Panchamukhi Hanuman. Additionally, it represents self-control and attentiveness.
There are 5 different methods to pray. Naman, Smaran, Keerthan, Yachan, and Arpan are their names. Lord Sri Hanuman prayed to Lord Sri Rama as Naman, Smaran, and Keerthanam. He offered his Master Sri Rama his total submission (Arpanam). He also appealed to Sri Rama for his undivided affection (Yachanam).
Additionally, each head represents a distinct quality. Hanuman represents bravery and might, whereas Narasimha represents fearlessness, Garuda represents magic and the ability to heal snakebite injuries, Varaha represents health and exorcism, and Hayagriva represents triumph over rivals.
What are the five faces of Panchmukhi Hanuman?
The five faces with their directions are Sri Hanuman, Narasimha, Garuda, Varaha, and Hayagriva.
- Hanuman or ‘Anjaneya’, Sri (Facing East)
The importance of this face is that it bestows mental purity and cleanses the soul of all sin.
- Narsimha (Facing South)
This look is significant because it extinguishes fear of foes and bestows triumph. Lord Vishnu’s lion-like incarnation, Narasimha, was assumed in order to save Prahlad from his wicked father Hiranyakashipu.
- Garuda (Facing West)
This face’s significance lies in its ability to expel all harmful effects from the body and drive away bad spells, black magic influences, and negative spirits. Garuda is Lord Vishnu’s chariot (Vahana), and this bird is knowledgeable about life beyond death and the afterlife. Based on this understanding, the Garuda Purana is compiled in Hindu literature.
- Varaha (Facing North)
The significance of this face is that it bestows all eight sorts of wealth (Ashta Aishwarya) and wards against problems brought on by negative planetary influences. Varaha is one of Lord Vishnu’s incarnations who excavated the earth.
- Hayagriva (Facing Upwards)
This face is significant because it bestows wisdom, success, a nice marriage, and offspring.
Panchmukhi Hanuman story
When Ravana’s son Indrajit is killed during the Ramayana’s fight with Rama, Ravana asks his brother Ahiravana for assistance. The ruler of Patala (the underworld), Ahiravana, pledges to help. Rama is alerted to the scheme by Vibhishana, who somehow gets to learn about it. Hanuman is instructed to keep watch and to prevent anyone from entering the chamber where Rama and Lakshmana reside. Ahiravana makes many efforts to enter the chamber, but Hanuman always manages to stop him. Finally, Ahiravana assumes the guise of Vibhishana and is permitted entry by Hanuman. As soon as he steps inside, Ahiravana takes away the “sleeping Rama and Lakshmana.”
Hanuman visits Vibhishana after realizing what has transpired. He exclaims, “Unfortunately! Ahiravana is responsible for their kidnapping. Rama and Lakshman will both be offered as a sacrifice to Chandi by Ahiravana if Hanuman does not intervene promptly. Hanuman travels to Patala, where a blend of a reptile and a Vanara stands guard at the entrance. I’m Makardhwaja, your kid, the creature responds when Hanuman asks who he is. Hanuman, a skilled Brahmachari, is perplexed by the fact that he’d never given birth to a kid. The monster says, “A drop of your semen (Veeriya) dropped to the water and into the mouth of a big crocodile as you were jumping across the ocean. The source of my birth is this.
Hanuman approaches Patala after defeating his son and runs into Ahiravana and Mahiravana. They have a large army, and Chandrasena informs Hanuman that the only way to defeat them is by simultaneously blowing out five candles, one in each of five directions, in exchange for a pledge from Hanuman to be Lord Rama‘s companion. Ahiravana and Mahiravana were put to death as Hanuman adopts his five-headed form (Panchmukhi Hanuman) and promptly extinguishes the five separate lights. Rama and Lakshmana were both forced senseless throughout the story by a demon’s spell.
Panchmukhi Hanuman benefits:
Why should a person worship Panchamukhi Hanuman Idol?
- The person’s wishes are granted by the Anjaneya facing east, which occasionally can be egotistical and personal.
- Wishes for everyone’s well-being are granted by the Anjaneya facing south.
- Good luck or ‘Soubhagya’ is offered by the Hanuman who faces west.
- The one that faces north bestows the blessing of wealth and success.
- Faced toward the sky is the Hayagriva mukha. Hayagriva promises that everyone will be completely happy and well-off on earth.
Is Panchamukhi Hanuman good for home?
According to popular belief, homes with a statue of Panchmukhi Hanuman are protected from problems and negative energy. Obtaining Goddess Lakshmi’s blessings is aided by it as well. The optimum location for a Panchmukhi Hanuman statue is at the front door of your home.
How do you worship Panchamukhi Hanuman?
Make sure to position your Panchmukhi Hanuman Ji statue facing southwest in your home if you have one. Place it in your puja area rather than your bedroom. You will receive his divine blessings if you worship him daily with complete devotion.
The full installation guideline for the Pawanputra Hanuman statue can be found here. Placing the Lord helps you remain fearless and focused in all of life’s endeavors, as well as keeping your house secure from all harm. His blessings promote adoration for the world’s ruler and might bring about enchantment in daily life.
Continue reading our articles to be informed on spiritual and creative topics.
Explore The Stone Studio’s unique collections to get customized replicas of Handcarved Hanuman statues!