Hanuman is the favorite God for many. He is known by various names such as Rama Bhakta (devotee of Lord Rama), Pavanputra (son of Wind God, Vaayu), Anjaneya (son of Anjani), and so on. The adventures of Lord Hanuman are described in the Sundara Kaandam, a part of the epic Ramayana. Reading various chapters of this scripture brings specific benefits. It is believed that the devotees of Lord Hanuman are not affected by malefic attributes of planets, mainly Shani Bhagwan or Saturn, evil forces, and negative energies. There are several hymns in praise of Lord Hanuman, the most popular being the 40 stanza Hanuman Chalisa.
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
Panchamukhi refers to five faces. 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 netherworld) 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 Panchamukha form to win this task.
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 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
The five forms namely Hanuman, Narasimha, Garuda, Varaha, and Hayagriva can also be invoked individually by chanting specific Gayatri mantras.
Shree aanjaneyaya vidmahe mahabalaaya dhimahi tanno Kapi prachodayat
Vajranakhaaya vidmahe tikshanadamshtraya dhimahi tanno Narasimha prachodayat
Tatpurushaaya vidmahe suvarna pakshaya dhimahi tanno Garudah prachodayat
Om dhanurdharaya vidmahe vakradamshyara dhimahi tanno Varaha: prachodayat
Om vaagishwaraaya vidmahe Hayagrivaaya dhimahi tanno hangsa prachodayaat
If you are troubled by evil influences, and want to seek protection from fears, enemies, and the occult, Panchamukha Hanuman is the God for you. He protects those who seek refuge in Him.