Sri Hanumanji is an ardent devotee of Shri Rama and the embodiment of strength, valor and courage. Lord Hanuman inspire in us the urge to stand up to our daily challenges and face life’s hurdles, difficulties, enemies and other negative factors with equal mental strength and courage.
Sri Panchmukhi Hanuman is one of the most important upasana deity of our Guru Parampara. Sri Panchamukhi Hanuman refers to the five faced Hanuman. According to the scriptures, Lord Hanuman assumed this form to slay Mahiravana, brother of Ravana. Mahiravana was a sorcerer and an ardent devotee of Goddess Mahamaya. Instigated by Ravana, Mahiravana took Lord Rama and his brother Lakshmana to Paathaala Loka (the nether-world) and was tempted to sacrifice them to Goddess Mahamaya. To save the divine brothers, Lord Hanuman had to stub out five lamps burning in different directions simultaneously. He, therefore, assumed the Panchmukhi form to win this task. Inspite of rapid strides in technology, there is a growing insecurity for the average human being, both at emotional and physical levels. Sri Panchmukhi Hanuman Swami promises this security to all devotees.
Every Face of Sri Panchmukhi Hanuman has significance —
- Sri Hanuman faces East. He grants purity of mind and success.
- The Narasimha faces South. He grants victory and fearlessness.
- The West facing Garuda removes black magic and poisons.
- The North facing Varaha, showers prosperity, wealth.
- The Hayagriva mukha faces the Sky. However, to make it visible to us, it is usually tilted and shown above Hanuman’s face. Hayagriva gives knowledge and good children.
Panchmukhi Hanuman Dhyana Mantra
“Panchasyachutamaneka vichitra veeryam |
Sri shanka chakra ramaniya bhujagra desam ||
Peethambaram makara kundala noopurangam |
Dhyayethitam kapivaram hruthi bhvayami” ||
The face towards the East is Sri Hanuman Mukha in its original form. This face removes all blemishes of sin and confers purity of mind (Chitta Suddhi).
Sri Karala Ugravira Narasimha Swami, facing the South, removes fear of enemies and confers victory.
The face facing the west is that of Lord Shri Mahavira Garuda and this face drives away evil spells, black magic influences etc and removes all poisonous effects in one’s body.
Sri Lakshmi Varaha murthi facing the North, wards off the troubles caused by bad influences of the planets and confers all prosperity – Ashta Aishwarya.
The Urdhva Mukha facing upwards of Sri Hayagriva Swami confers knowledge, victory, good wife and progeny.’
As the following mantra indicates, Lord Hanuman provides his devotees with knowledge, power, courage, and health.
“Budhdirbalam yasho dhairyam nirbhayatvam arogata
Ajaadtyam vakpatutvam cha hanumat smaranadbhavet”
Panchmukhi Hanuman Stuti
The Panchmukhi Hanuman Stuti is a potent stotra meant to praise each of the five forms. This stotra helps to alleviate troubles and keep evil forces away. It serves as a protection to devotees who chant with utmost faith.
“Om namo bhagavathe panchavadanaaya poorva kapi mukhe
Sakala shatru samhaarnaaya swaaha”
Meaning : ‘The east facing form of Lord Hanuman protects devotees from problems caused by enemies. He provides happiness and fulfills wishes.’
“Om namo bhagavathe panchavadanaaya dakshina mukhe
Karaala vadanaaya Narasimhaaya sakala bhoota praeta pramadanaaya swaaha”
Meaning : The south facing form of Lord Narasimha removes all types of fear, sins, unfavorable influences of spirits and demons, and fulfills our wishes.
“Om namo bhagavathe panchavadanaaya paschima mukhe
Garudaaya sakala visha haranaaya swaaha”
Meaning : The west facing form of Lord Garuda removes all types of ailments, negativities, black magic, poison, and fear.
“Om namo bhagavathe panchavadanaaya uthara mukhe
Aadivarahaaya sakala sampatkaraaya swaaha”
Meaning : The north facing form of Lord Varaha provides the ashta aishwarya (eight different forms of wealth).
“Om namo bhagavathe panchavadanaaya oordhwa mukhe
Hayagrivaaya sakala jana vasheekaranaaya swaaha”
Meaning : The upwards facing form of Lord Hayagriva helps devotees attract the goodwill of people. The words of His devotees turn into reality. He bestows them with advancement in seeking knowledge, good company of friends, intelligence, good children, and salvation.
Panchmukhi Hanuman Gayatri Mantra
The ‘Shri Panchmukhi Hanuman Gayatri’ can be chanted to overcome obstacles in life.
“Om Anjaneyaya Vidmahe Panchavaktraaya Dheemahi
Tanno Hanumath Prachodayaath”
The five forms namely Hanuman, Narasimha, Garuda, Varaha, and Hayagriva can also be invoked individually by chanting specific Gayatri mantras.
Hanuman Gayatri :
“Shree aanjaneyaya vidmahe mahabalaaya dhimahi tanno Kapi prachodayat”
Narasimha Gayatri :
“Vajranakhaaya vidmahe tikshanadamshtraya dhimahi tanno Narasimha prachodayat”
Garuda Gayatri :
“Tatpurushaaya vidmahe suvarna pakshaya dhimahi tanno Garudah prachodayat”
Varaha Gayatri :
“Om dhanurdharaya vidmahe vakradamshyara dhimahi tanno Varaha: prachodayat”
Hayagriva Gayatri :
“Om vaagishwaraaya vidmahe Hayagrivaaya dhimahi tanno hangsa prachodayaat”
If one is troubled by evil influences, and want to seek protection from fears, enemies, and the occult, Panchmukhi Hanuman is the God for him. He protects those who seek refuge in Him.
Panchmukhi Hanuman Mantra for Protection
“Om Hreem Hari Markat Markataya Swaha ||
Om Hreem Hari Markat Markataya Vam Vam Vam Vam Vam Vowst Swaha ||
Om Hreem Hari Markat MarkatayaFum Fum Fum Fum Fum Futt Swaha ||
Om Hreem Hari Markat Mum-kartayaKhun Khun Khun Khun Khun Maranaya Swaha ||
Om Hreem Hari Markat MarkatayaThun Thun Thun Thun Thun Stamba-Naya Swaha ||
Om Hreem Hari Markat MarkatayaDone Done Done Done Done AakarshanayaSakal Samapta Kaaraya Panchmukhi Veer Hanumathay Par Yantra Tantro Cha-Chatanaya Swaha ||”
Hanuman is often found in temples applied with Sindhoor. Sindhoor (Vermillion) is a modified version of saffron made into a paste. The color morphs into a deep red which symbolizes the immense strength of Lord Hanuman and is also the color of boldness. The color red once again signifies the muladhara chakra (the very first chakra in the human body ) and it is the basis of the survival instinct and deep rooted fear complexes. Gazing at this deep red relieves some of the fears and hence Lord Hanuman is painted a deep red colour in temples.
Panchmukhi Hanuman is worshipped in the context of energy for the following reasons :
- To overcome distressing energy : To overcome problems due to spirits, black magic, ancestors’ subtle bodies, suffering due to Shani, etc.
- To control pleasant energy : If there is any obstacle in the pathway of the activated kundalini (spiritual energy) then to overcome it and channelize it appropriately.
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