In India, people worshiped lord Hanuman in various form. Each form has a great significance. Shri Panchmukhi Hanuman is a one of the most worshiping appearance of lord Hanuman. The word ‘panchmukhi’ defines five faced of lord Hanuman who are facing in different direction. Each face has special form.
The Famous Story of Panchmukhi Hanuman :
There is a religious incident behind this form. This event is one of the popular parts of Ramayana epic. It was happened
during the ‘Van-vaas period’ of Lord Rama. King Ravana propels a powerful demon to kill the Ram and Laxman which named Mahiravana. He was a great black juggler and practitioner of evil talent. Lord Ram and Laxman had kidnapped by Mahiravana. He imprisoned to both of them. Lord Hanuman had got a way to save the Ram and Laxman. That way was very difficult and that was to put out five lantern lighting in different directions, all at the same time. To kill the demon lord Hanuman obtained his Panchmukhi form. At last Lord Hanuman had killed the Mahiravana to free the lord Ram and Laxman.
The names of five faces are Shri Narasimha, Shri Varaha, Shri Garuda, Shri Hayagriva and Hanuman. Devotees worshiped this form to defeat the evils. It is such a dangerous form of lord Hanuman. There is a popular shri panchmukhi hanuman kavach verse which is given below.
Pancha-Vakthram Maha-Bheemam Tri-Panch-Naynaa-Yurtham |
Bahu-Bhi-Darsha-Bhi-Yuktam Sarva-Kaam-Aartha-Siddha-Dham ||
It means, hey lord Hanuman save us from all the evil spirits and guide us the religious path.