Friday, July 12, 2013

Panchamukha Hanuman

The origin of Sri Panchamukha Hanuman can be traced to a story in the Ramayana. During the war between Lord Ram and Ravana, Ravana took the help of Mahiravana who was the king of pathala. 

Lord Hanuman in order to protect Lord Ram and Lakshman formed a fortress with his tail. But Mahiravana took the form of Vibeeshana and took Lord Ram and Lakshman to pathala loka. 

Hanuman entered pathala loka in search of Rama and Lakshmana.He found out that to kill Mahiravana he had to extinguish 5 lamps at the same time. So he took the Panchamukha form with Hanuman, Hayagriva, Narasimha, Garuda and Varaha faces and extinguished the lamps. Mahiravana was killed immediately. 

The Panchamukha form of Lord Hanuman has the following five faces: 

• Hanuman (a fervent devotee of Lord Rama) – facing the east 
• Narasimha ( an incarnation of Lord Vishnu, who slayed Hiranyakashipu) – facing the south 
• Garuda ( the mount of Lord Krishna) – facing the west 
• Varaha (an incarnation of Lord Vishnu, who slayed the demon Hiranyaksha) – facing the north 
• Hayagriva (an incarnation of Lord Vishnu, considered the God of wisdom)– facing upwards 

The details of panchamukha Hanuman are 

• East facing Anjaneya to grant humanity Ishta Siddhi. 
• South facing Karala Ugraveera Narasimha to grant humanity Abhista Siddhi. 
• West facing Mahaveera Garuda to grant humanity Sakala Sowbhagya. 
• North facing Lakshmi Varaha to grant humanity Dhana Prapthi. 
• Urdhva Mukha(atop0 being Hayagriva to grant humanity Sarva Vidya Jaya Prapthi. 

There are five ways of prayer to the Lord. They are Naman, Smaran, Keerthanam, Yachanam and Arpanam. The five faces depict these five forms. Lord Hanuman always used to Naman, Smaran and Keerthanam of Lord Sri Rama. He totally surrendered (Arpanam) to his Master Sri Ram. He also begged (yachanam) Sri Rama to bless him the undivided love. 

Panchamukha Hanuman Stuthi: 

The Panchamukha Hanuman Stuthi 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 

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 

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 

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 

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 

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. 

The Panchamukha Hanuman Gayatri can be chanted to overcome obstacles in life. 

Om Anjaneyaya Vidmahe Panchavaktraaya Dheemahi Tanno Hanumath Prachodayaath

Jai Sri Ram 


  1. Jai Hanuman.I think "HANUMAN JI" is most powerful god in universe.
    I pray to "HANUMAN JI" for long and happy life of every good person in world.
    Reading hanuman chalisa will give you success.

  2. Thank you for sharing the informative blog. It is indeed wonderful to read and useful. Read hanuman chalisa.

    1. Thank You Jyothi Sree :)
      Jai Sri Ram!! Jai Hanuman!!

  3. Om Namo Hanumate Rudravatharaya Panchavadanaya Poorva Mukhe , srvasatru samharaya Ramadootaya swaha
    This will help all to over come opposition and trouble from enemies
    Jai see ram!!

  4. Om Namo Hanumate Rudravatharaya Panchavadanaya Poorva Mukhe , srvasatru samharaya Ramadootaya swaha
    This will help all to over come opposition and trouble from enemies
    Jai see ram!!

  5. Nice images.Thank you detail about Panchamukha hanuman.Perform this pooja Hanuman Jayanthi Puja to the malefic effects of other planets don’t bother you.

  6. Does anyone have the audio link for the above stotra?

  7. Sir please check the image you are using, If you are facing east then south is towards your right. But in the image the narsingh avtaar is towards the left of vaanar mukh, which should ideally be occupied bh varah avtaar