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Significance of Sri Panchamukha Hanuman


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The origin of Sri Panchamukha Hanuman can be traced to a story in Ramayana. During the war between Lord Rama and Ravana, Ravana took help of Ahiravana, the king of Pathala. Lord Hanuman in order to protect Lord Rama and Lakshman formed a fortress with his tail. Ahiravana took the form of Vibhishana the noble brother of Ravana and took Lord Rama and Lakshman to Pathala loka.

Hanuman entered pathala loka in search of Rama and Lakshmana, He found that life of Ahiravana was hidden in the five lamps which were placed in different directions. He could be killed only by extinguishing all five lamps the same time. To accomplish this Hanuman had to take the form of Panchamukha Hanuman. This form of Hanuman has five faces. Hayagriva, Narasimha, Garuda and Varaha are the four other faces along with Hanuman’s face. Hanuman, using the five faces in different directions, blew out the lamps thereby killing Ahiravana.

By many, it is considered auspicious to circle the Hanuman idol 5 times, 14 times, 23 times, 32 times or any amount in which the digits of which add to five.

Devotion to Panchamukha Hanuman has the following benefits, East facing Anjaneya to grant Ishta Siddhi to humanity. South facing Narasimha to grant Abhista Siddhi to humanity. West facing Garuda to grant Sakala Sowbhagya to humanity. North facing Varaha to grant Dhana Prapthi to humanity. Urdhva Mukha being Hayagriva to grant Sarva Vidya Jaya Prapthi to humanity.

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