Have you ever heard about ‘Panchmukhi Hanuman’? Lord Hanuman- the Anjaneya or Maruti Putra appeared in a five-faced avatar during the battle of Ramayana. Panchmukha or Panchmukhi is a Sanskrit word that stands for five-faced. If not, then here we have compiled information about the importance, Kavach & Stotra Panchmukhi Hanuman Ji. Let’s have a quick read.
The story behind Panchmukhi Hanuman Ji
There is an interesting story behind the origin of the five-faced Maruti Nandana. During the epic battle of Ramayana, Ravana- the demon king, took the help of Ahiravana. He was the king of Patal-Loka (underworld). Ahiravana disguised himself as Vibhishana and abducted Lord Rama and Lakshmana. He took them to the patal-Loka.
When Hanuman came to know about the incident, he entered Patal-Loka. During his search, he found out that the five lamps hide the life of Ahiravana. All of the lamps were kept in different directions. Ahiravana had the belief that he could be killed only after extinguishing all the five lamps at the same time.
To kill Ahiravana, Hanuman appeared in Panchamukhi Anjaneya form. His five-faced avatar included the five faces of-
Lord Hanuman - With steadfast devotion, Lord Hanuman faces eastwards. Worshiping Lord Hanuman can remove worshippers' sin and bring peace, fulfillment, purity, and happiness.
Lord Garuda - Lord Garuda or eagle facing west, is another manifestation of Panchmukhi Hanuman. Lord Garuda provides protection from evil spirits, bad influences, and black magic.
Lord Narasimha - Lord Narasimha, one of the many avatars of Lord Vishnu, Lord Narasimha is an avatar of the loin that faces south in Panchmukhi manifestation. To protect his devotee Prahlad, Lord Vishnu took this avatar. Worshiping lord Narsihma removes fear in a devotee, it brings victory and fearlessness.
Lord Hayagriva - Lord Hayagriva is the form of a horse facing upwards, worshiping Lord Hayagriva brings liberation, progeny, and knowledge.
Lord Adivaraha - The lord Adivaraha facing north is another manifestation. It is said that Lord adivaraha removes the bad impact on planetary movements and brings prosperity and wealth to the worshiper.
Hanuman extinguished the five lamps using his five faces in different directions and killed Ahiravana.
Interesting facts about Panchamukhi Anjaneya
It is believed that Hanuman Ji appeared in his five-faced form at Mantralayam, where a shrine dedicated to Him is built. He appeared in this panch roop in front of Raghvendraswamy, who observed penance at the same place for twelve years.
There are five ways to adulate Panchmukhi Hanuman. These are-
• Naman (bowing down)
• Smaran (remembering)
• Keerthanam (reciting)
• Yachnam (pleading)
• Arpanam (offering)
In Geeta, Lord Krishna described Arjuna as how one can reach Him. According to Him, the one who acts for none but Him observes in nothing but Him, is His devotee, and is free from attachment finds Him.
Lord Hanuman shows all these five qualities as being an ardent devotee of Lord Rama (one of the many avatars of Lord Vishnu). Significance of Panchmukhi Hanuman. In his five-faced avatar, Hanuman perfectly depicts the importance of the number five. How may think how here they are-
• He is the son of the wind (pavan or Vayu), one of the five elements
• He is the one who traversed one of the five elements- Water- crossed the ocean during the Ramayana war.
• He had been through one of the five elements- Sky- flew over the sky to reach Lanka and save Laxmana.
• He met the daughter of one of the Earth (one of the five elements)- Mata Sita
• Hanuman burnt down Lanka using fire (one of the five elements)
Importance & Benefits of Panchmukhi Hanuman Idol
To worship the five-headed Hanuman, devotees use Hanuman Kavach. If you are installing the Panchmukhi Hanuman idol at home with Hanuman Kavach, you can offer your prayer to the Maruti Nandana. There are many benefits of placing a five-faced Hanuman statue at home. It protects you from evil and destructive forces, destroys fear, and removes Vastu doshas.
People either wear Panchmukhi Hanuman Kavach as a pendant or use it as a painting or photo for home.
Panchmukhi Hanuman Stotra or Mantra
Panchmukhi stotra or stotram praises each of the five manifestations of Anjani Putra. Reciting this stotra eradicates evil or negative forces and protects you from troubles.
The right way to wear Panchmukhi Hanuman Kavach
To wear Kavach, you need to follow a few steps:
- To wear Panchmukhi Hanuman Kavach, you need to select Tuesday, as Tuesday is said to be of Lord Hanuman.
- Early in the morning, wear red or yellow clothes after showering.
- Then spread a red cloth on a small table and place the Lord Hanuman idol.
- Sprinkle holy water - Gangajal on and around the idol.
- Light up Ghee Diya in front of the idol and chant Hanuman Mantra 108 times.
- After that, take the blessings of Lord Hanuman and wear a Panchmukhi Kavach or Locket.
To wrap up
Panchmukhi Hanuman has huge significance in Ramayana and Hindu culture. Placing Lord Hanuman idol in Panchmukhi avatar and wearing Kavach can protect you from evil energy, negative vibes and bestow happiness, wealth, and prosperity. Moreover, a Panchmukhi idol facing different directions can remove all the Vastu issues from your house. Therefore, using the right method, Mantras establish idols and wear lockets.
Now, you know the significance and benefits of Panchmukhi Hanuman. Bring home panchmukhi hanuman kavach, idol or statue to worship his five-faced avatar.