Panchmukhi Hanuman Significance & Hanuman Kavach

Panchmukhi Hanuman is one of the powerful forms of Lord Hanuman. In this post, we share with you Panchmukhi Hanuman Significance & Panchmukhi Hanuman Kavach.

Panchmukhi Hanuman means – Lord Hanuman with Five Faces. These five faces stare in different directions and hold the spectator in awe. In fact, Panchmukhi Hanuman is a gigantic form of Lord Hanuman.

Panchmukhi Hanuman

Here, we enumerate the five different faces of Panchmukhi Hanuman for you:

  • Lord Hanuman: This face of Lord Hanuman faces eastwards with steadfast devotion. This form bestows peace, purity, happiness, and fulfillment. It even helps in getting rid of one’s sins.
  • Lord Narasimha: This is the lion form of Lord Hanuman and is south facing. In fact, Lord Narasimha is one of the many avatars of Lord Vishnu. Lord Vishnu took Narasimha’s avatar to protect his devotee, Prahlad. Therefore, worshipping Lord Narasimha bestows fearlessness and grants victory to the devotee.
  • Lord Garuda: This form of Lord Hanuman faces west. It is the eagle form of Lord Hanuman, which grants protection from negative influences, black magic, and evil spirits.
  • Lord Adivaraha: This is a boar manifestation of Lord Hanuman. This form of Lord Hanuman helps to remove the bad effects of planetary movements. This form also bestows wealth and prosperity. It faces the northward direction.
  • Lord Hayagriva: This is a horse form of Lord Hanuman and faces upward. This form blesses the devotee with knowledge, progeny, and liberation.

However, there is one more depiction of Panchmukhi Hanuman, which includes Lord Ganesh. It carries one face, which is depicted as half-Hanuman and half-Ganesha.

It should be noted that the Navagrahas (Nine Planets) do not bear any influence over these powerful deities. This form is a rare and powerful manifestation of Panchmukhi Hanuman.

The most significant aspect of Panchmukhi Hanuman is that it is immensely magnificent and awe-inspiring. This form came into being when Lord Hanuman was giving the responsibility of saving Lord Ram’s life. In fact, Panchmukhi Hanuman is empowered with many weapons such as:

  • Parashu (Battle Axe)
  • Chakra (Disc)
  • Gada (Mace)
  • Trishul (Trident)
  • Khanda (Sword)

The Story of Panchmukhi Hanuman

During the Ramayana War, the demon Ravana called up one of his brothers, Ahiravan (the chief of Patala Loka – Netherworld), to help him against Lord Rama.

Ahiravan disguised himself as Vibhishana and kidnapped Lord Rama and Lakshman.

Hanuman was given the responsibility to save Lord Rama and Lakshman. He went to Patala Loka in search of Lord Rama and Lakshman. He came to know that Ahiravan had kidnapped Lord Rama and Lakshman. He learned that the only way to save Lord Rama and Lakshman was to kill Ahiravan.

Hanuman came to know that Ahiravan’s soul rested in five candles. Therefore, the only way to kill Ahiravan was to extinguish all five candles at the same time.

This was when Lord Hanuman manifested his “Panchmukhi” roop.

In Panchmukhi Form, Lord Hanuman’s each face faces a different direction. Together, the five faces of Lord Hanuman blew out the candles and recovered the still-unconscious Lord Rama and Lakshman back to Lanka.

It is believed that the worshipper of the Panchmukhi Hanuman form is relieved from different fears, negativity, and enemies.

Lord Hanuman is often regarded as a “Yogi.”

It is said that Lord Hanuman has reached perfection in his Siddhis. He has gained control over his five senses (Pancha Indriyas).

This is the Spiritual Meaning of the Panchmukhi Form of Lord Hanuman. It is also said that Hanuman worshipped Lord Rama in five ways:

  • Naman: Chanting the name of Lord Rama
  • Smaran: Constant remembrance
  • Keerthanam: Singing praises & adulations
  • Yachnam: Sincere & selfless plea for deep faith
  • Arpanam: Offering oneself (Surrender to God)

In this way, you can worship the Panchmukhi form of Lord Hanuman. You can even worship Panchmukhi Hanuman by reciting Panchamukhi Stotra. This Stotram praises each of the five manifestations of Panchmukhi Hanuman. It helps to eradicate evil and negative forces for the devotee.

There is also the Panchmukhi Hanuman Kavach which is very popular among Lord Hanuman’s devotees. This “Kavach” protects the devotee from every obstacle.

Here, we share with you some lines from this Kavach (We have also included a separate section to Panchamukhi Hanuman Kavach below):

“Surrendering to Lord Hanuman would put an end to all the enemies and lead to salvation.”

Panchmukhi Hanuman Significance

In Panchmukhi Form, Lord Hanuman (Anjaneya) has five faces and ten weapons. In fact, Lord Hanuman is regarded as a great “Yogi” (mystic) who has successfully transcended the five senses (Pancha Indriyas).

The Kamba Ramayana (in Tamil) portrays another significance of the number “five” in Panchmukhi form.

It narrates the significance of number five as follows:

  • Lord Hanuman is the son of one of the five elements (son of the wind – Pavan Thanaya)
  • He crossed one (water – ocean) of the five elements
  • He crossed the waters through one of the five elements (sky)
  • He met the daughter of one of the five elements (Earth – Sita Devi)
  • He burnt down Lanka using one of the five elements (Fire)

Moreover, the Sundar Kanda describes the heroic exploits of Lord Hanuman that he performed in Lanka.

According to some Hindu scholars, it is considered auspicious to circle the Panchmukhi Hanuman idol 5, 14, 23, 32 times, or any amount wherein the digits add to give the number five.

The Panchmukhi Hanuman is a rare form of Lord Hanuman. In fact, there are many legends and interpretations that are associated with Panchmukhi Form.

According to one of the legends, Lord Hanuman appeared before Raghavendra Swami taking the Avatars of:

  • Varaha
  • Garuda
  • Anjaneya
  • Narasimha
  • Hayagriva

So, Panchamukhi Hanuman is the five-headed form of Lord Hanuman that he took to kill Ahiravan (Brother of Demon Ravana) to save Lord Rama and Lakshman from his clutches.

Here, we share with you details of Panchmukhi Hanuman, which is as follows:

  • East facing Anjaneya grants Ishta Siddhi to humanity
  • South facing Narasimha grants Abhista Siddhi to humanity
  • West facing Garuda grants “Sakala Saubhagya” to humanity
  • North facing Varaha grants Dhana Prapthi to humanity
  • The upward-facing (Urdhva Mukha) Hayagriva grants Sarva Vidya Jaya Prapthi to humanity

Each of the five faces of Lord Hanuman (Panchamukha) is representative of five divine qualities as follows:

  • Naman
  • Smaran
  • Keerthanam
  • Yachnam
  • Arpanam

Lord Hanuman is a great Yogi who has totally surrendered himself at the feet of Lord Rama.

In Bhagavad Gita, Lord Krishna says that: “My devotee, who is free from attachment, reaches my abode.”

Panchmukhi Hanuman Kavach

Panchamukhi Hanuman Kavach has been addressed to the fierce form of Hanuman in Panchamukha Roop. It is not a usual Stotra but more of a Tantric hymn aimed to provide protection to devotees. It is used to worship the five-faced Hanumanji.

Here, we share with you Panchamukhi Hanuman Kavach in Sanskrit:

श्रीगणेशाय नमः ।

ॐ श्री पञ्चवदनायाञ्जनेयाय नमः । ॐ अस्य श्री
पञ्चमुखहनुमन्मन्त्रस्य ब्रह्मा ऋषिः ।

गायत्रीछन्दः । पञ्चमुखविराट् हनुमान्देवता । ह्रीं बीजं ।
श्रीं शक्तिः । क्रौं कीलकं । क्रूं कवचं । क्रैं अस्त्राय फट् ।
इति दिग्बन्धः ।

श्री गरुड उवाच ।

अथ ध्यानं प्रवक्ष्यामि श्रृणुसर्वाङ्गसुन्दरि ।
यत्कृतं देवदेवेन ध्यानं हनुमतः प्रियम् ॥ १॥

पञ्चवक्त्रं महाभीमं त्रिपञ्चनयनैर्युतम् ।
बाहुभिर्दशभिर्युक्तं सर्वकामार्थसिद्धिदम् ॥ २॥

पूर्वं तु वानरं वक्त्रं कोटिसूर्यसमप्रभम् ।
दन्ष्ट्राकरालवदनं भृकुटीकुटिलेक्षणम् ॥ ३॥

अस्यैव दक्षिणं वक्त्रं नारसिंहं महाद्भुतम् ।
अत्युग्रतेजोवपुषं भीषणं भयनाशनम् ॥ ४॥

पश्चिमं गारुडं वक्त्रं वक्रतुण्डं महाबलम् ॥

सर्वनागप्रशमनं विषभूतादिकृन्तनम् ॥ ५॥

उत्तरं सौकरं वक्त्रं कृष्णं दीप्तं नभोपमम् ।
पातालसिंहवेतालज्वररोगादिकृन्तनम् ॥ ६॥

ऊर्ध्वं हयाननं घोरं दानवान्तकरं परम् ।
येन वक्त्रेण विप्रेन्द्र तारकाख्यं महासुरम् ॥ ७॥

जघान शरणं तत्स्यात्सर्वशत्रुहरं परम् ।
ध्यात्वा पञ्चमुखं रुद्रं हनुमन्तं दयानिधिम् ॥ ८॥

खड्गं त्रिशूलं खट्वाङ्गं पाशमङ्कुशपर्वतम् ।
मुष्टिं कौमोदकीं वृक्षं धारयन्तं कमण्डलुम् ॥ ९॥

भिन्दिपालं ज्ञानमुद्रां दशभिर्मुनिपुङ्गवम् ।
एतान्यायुधजालानि धारयन्तं भजाम्यहम् ॥ १०॥

प्रेतासनोपविष्टं तं सर्वाभरणभूषितम् ।
दिव्यमाल्याम्बरधरं दिव्यगन्धानुलेपनम् ॥ ११॥

सर्वाश्चर्यमयं देवं हनुमद्विश्वतोमुखम् ।
शशाङ्कशिखरं कपिराजवर्यम ।
पिङ्गाक्षमाद्यमनिशं मनसा स्मरामि ॥ १२॥

मर्कटेशं महोत्साहं सर्वशत्रुहरं परम् ।
शत्रु संहर मां रक्ष श्रीमन्नापदमुद्धर ॥ १३॥

ॐ हरिमर्कट मर्कट मन्त्रमिदं
परिलिख्यति लिख्यति वामतले ।
यदि नश्यति नश्यति शत्रुकुलं
यदि मुञ्चति मुञ्चति वामलता ॥ १४॥

ॐ हरिमर्कटाय स्वाहा ।
ॐ नमो भगवते पञ्चवदनाय पूर्वकपिमुखाय
सकलशत्रुसंहारकाय स्वाहा ।

ॐ नमो भगवते पञ्चवदनाय दक्षिणमुखाय करालवदनाय
नरसिंहाय सकलभूतप्रमथनाय स्वाहा ।

ॐ नमो भगवते पञ्चवदनाय पश्चिममुखाय गरुडाननाय
सकलविषहराय स्वाहा ।

ॐ नमो भगवते पञ्चवदनायोत्तरमुखायादिवराहाय
सकलसम्पत्कराय स्वाहा ।

ॐ नमो भगवते पञ्चवदनायोर्ध्वमुखाय हयग्रीवाय
सकलजनवशङ्कराय स्वाहा ।

ॐ अस्य श्री पञ्चमुखहनुमन्मन्त्रस्य श्रीरामचन्द्र
ऋषिः । अनुष्टुप्छन्दः । पञ्चमुखवीरहनुमान् देवता ।

हनुमानिति बीजम् । वायुपुत्र इति शक्तिः । अञ्जनीसुत इति कीलकम् ।
श्रीरामदूतहनुमत्प्रसादसिद्ध्यर्थे जपे विनियोगः ।
इति ऋष्यादिकं विन्यसेत् ।

ॐ अञ्जनीसुताय अङ्गुष्ठाभ्यां नमः ।
ॐ रुद्रमूर्तये तर्जनीभ्यां नमः ।
ॐ वायुपुत्राय मध्यमाभ्यां नमः ।
ॐ अग्निगर्भाय अनामिकाभ्यां नमः ।
ॐ रामदूताय कनिष्ठिकाभ्यां नमः ।
ॐ पञ्चमुखहनुमते करतलकरपृष्ठाभ्यां नमः ।
इति करन्यासः ।

ॐ अञ्जनीसुताय हृदयाय नमः ।
ॐ रुद्रमूर्तये शिरसे स्वाहा ।
ॐ वायुपुत्राय शिखायै वषट् ।
ॐ अग्निगर्भाय कवचाय हुम् ।
ॐ रामदूताय नेत्रत्रयाय वौषट् ।
ॐ पञ्चमुखहनुमते अस्त्राय फट् ।
पञ्चमुखहनुमते स्वाहा ।
इति दिग्बन्धः ।

अथ ध्यानम् ।

वन्दे वानरनारसिंहखगराट्क्रोडाश्ववक्त्रान्वितं
दिव्यालङ्करणं त्रिपञ्चनयनं देदीप्यमानं रुचा ।
हस्ताब्जैरसिखेटपुस्तकसुधाकुम्भाङ्कुशाद्रिं हलं
खट्वाङ्गं फणिभूरुहं दशभुजं सर्वारिवीरापहम् ।

अथ मन्त्रः ।

ॐ श्रीरामदूतायाञ्जनेयाय वायुपुत्राय महाबलपराक्रमाय
सीतादुःखनिवारणाय लङ्कादहनकारणाय महाबलप्रचण्डाय
फाल्गुनसखाय कोलाहलसकलब्रह्माण्डविश्वरूपाय
सप्तसमुद्रनिर्लङ्घनाय पिङ्गलनयनायामितविक्रमाय
सूर्यबिम्बफलसेवनाय दुष्टनिवारणाय दृष्टिनिरालङ्कृताय
दशकण्ठविध्वंसनाय रामेष्टाय महाफाल्गुनसखाय सीतासहित-
रामवरप्रदाय षट्प्रयोगागमपञ्चमुखवीरहनुमन्मन्त्रजपे विनियोगः ।

ॐ हरिमर्कटमर्कटाय बंबंबंबंबं वौषट् स्वाहा ।
ॐ हरिमर्कटमर्कटाय फंफंफंफंफं फट् स्वाहा ।
ॐ हरिमर्कटमर्कटाय खेंखेंखेंखेंखें मारणाय स्वाहा ।
ॐ हरिमर्कटमर्कटाय लुंलुंलुंलुंलुं आकर्षितसकलसम्पत्कराय स्वाहा ।
ॐ हरिमर्कटमर्कटाय धंधंधंधंधं शत्रुस्तम्भनाय स्वाहा ।
ॐ टंटंटंटंटं कूर्ममूर्तये पञ्चमुखवीरहनुमते
परयन्त्रपरतन्त्रोच्चाटनाय स्वाहा ।

ॐ कंखंगंघंङं चंछंजंझंञं टंठंडंढंणं
तंथंदंधंनं पंफंबंभंमं यंरंलंवं शंषंसंहं
ळंक्षं स्वाहा ।
इति दिग्बन्धः ।

ॐ पूर्वकपिमुखाय पञ्चमुखहनुमते टंटंटंटंटं
सकलशत्रुसंहरणाय स्वाहा ।

ॐ दक्षिणमुखाय पञ्चमुखहनुमते करालवदनाय नरसिंहाय
ॐ ह्रां ह्रीं ह्रूं ह्रैं ह्रौं ह्रः सकलभूतप्रेतदमनाय स्वाहा ।
ॐ पश्चिममुखाय गरुडाननाय पञ्चमुखहनुमते मंमंमंमंमं
सकलविषहराय स्वाहा ।

ॐ उत्तरमुखायादिवराहाय लंलंलंलंलं नृसिंहाय नीलकण्ठमूर्तये
पञ्चमुखहनुमते स्वाहा ।

ॐ उर्ध्वमुखाय हयग्रीवाय रुंरुंरुंरुंरुं रुद्रमूर्तये
सकलप्रयोजननिर्वाहकाय स्वाहा ।

ॐ अञ्जनीसुताय वायुपुत्राय महाबलाय सीताशोकनिवारणाय
श्रीरामचन्द्रकृपापादुकाय महावीर्यप्रमथनाय ब्रह्माण्डनाथाय
कामदाय पञ्चमुखवीरहनुमते स्वाहा ।

परयन्त्रपरतन्त्रोच्चटनाय स्वाहा ।
सकलप्रयोजननिर्वाहकाय पञ्चमुखवीरहनुमते
श्रीरामचन्द्रवरप्रसादाय जंजंजंजंजं स्वाहा ।
इदं कवचं पठित्वा तु महाकवचं पठेन्नरः ।
एकवारं जपेत्स्तोत्रं सर्वशत्रुनिवारणम् ॥ १५॥

द्विवारं तु पठेन्नित्यं पुत्रपौत्रप्रवर्धनम् ।
त्रिवारं च पठेन्नित्यं सर्वसम्पत्करं शुभम् ॥ १६॥

चतुर्वारं पठेन्नित्यं सर्वरोगनिवारणम् ।
पञ्चवारं पठेन्नित्यं सर्वलोकवशङ्करम् ॥ १७॥

षड्वारं च पठेन्नित्यं सर्वदेववशङ्करम् ।
सप्तवारं पठेन्नित्यं सर्वसौभाग्यदायकम् ॥ १८॥

अष्टवारं पठेन्नित्यमिष्टकामार्थसिद्धिदम् ।
नववारं पठेन्नित्यं राजभोगमवाप्नुयात् ॥ १९॥

दशवारं पठेन्नित्यं त्रैलोक्यज्ञानदर्शनम् ।
रुद्रावृत्तिं पठेन्नित्यं सर्वसिद्धिर्भवेद्ध्रुवम् ॥ २०॥

निर्बलो रोगयुक्तश्च महाव्याध्यादिपीडितः ।
कवचस्मरणेनैव महाबलमवाप्नुयात् ॥ २१॥

॥ इति श्रीसुदर्शनसंहितायां श्रीरामचन्द्रसीताप्रोक्तं
श्रीपञ्चमुखहनुमत्कवचं सम्पूर्णम् ॥

Panchmukhi Hanuman Images

Here, we have put before you a collection of Panchamukhi Hanuman Images.

“Panchamukhi” means five-faced. It is a rare form of Lord Hanuman that he took to save Lord Rama and Lakshman from the clutches of Ahiravan (brother of Ravana).

Ahiravan had abducted Lord Rama and Lakshman and taken them to Patal Loka (Netherworld). Lord Hanuman discovered his whereabouts and killed him in his Panchamukhi Form.

Let’s now have a glimpse of some breathtaking Panchamukhi Hanuman Images:

Panchmukhi Hanuman Images
Panchmukhi Hanuman Photo
Panchmukhi Hanuman Picture
Panchmukhi Hanuman Images
Panchmukhi Hanuman Photo

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