Tuesday, 12 July 2011

Pancha Mukha

1. 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.

2. Let us recall Bhagavat Githa Sloka
mat-karma-krn mat-paramo
mad-bhaktah sanga-varjitah
nirvairah sarva-bhutesu
yah sa mam eti pandava 11.55 ||

Lord Krishna says, "O Pandava, he who acts for me, who is engrossed in me, who is my devotee, who is free from attachment, he reaches me"

We find all these 5 qualities enshrined in Hanuman. Each of his face explains the five divine qualifications.

3. I think, this Panchamuka Anjaneya icon is at Tamil Nadu. So we will ask Kambazwar (Kambalwar) about this.
Anjile onru petran
Anjile onraka Ariyaruku aha ehi
Anjile onru petra Anagai kaka
Anjile onrai thavi
Anjile onraivaithan
Aban namai alithukappan

He is son Vayu Bhagavan (Anjile onru petran - vayu is one of Panjabutham).
He became the member of the Ariya family. (Sita Laksmana Bharatha Satrukna Hanumath samathe Sri Ramachandra para brihmane Namaha).
He crossed the one of five oceans to reach Sita Devi (She is a daughter of Earth - one of the five Panjabhutam).
He put fire (one of the Panjabhutham) on Srilanga to kill demons.

You can see all five. May be the artist thought over about this before making the Vigraham.
Let me side track this slightly:
I heard from one Swamiji that Sri Hanuman is very avatar of Lord Siva. He quoted from Siva puranam, I forgot the sloka/verse. When Parvathi devi asked Siva to give a simpler way to say Vishnu sahasranamam. Isvara told her recite his Lord's name Sri Rama.

Isvara uvacha
Srirama rama rameti rame manorame
Saharanamatatulyam ramanam varanane
Sriramanama varanana om nama iti.

The Swamiji also told that Lord Siva has control over the Panchabhutas. May be because of this Lord Hanuman is pictured with five faces.

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