by Mantra & shlokas on Tuesday, February 15, 2011 at 3:36pm
Lord Hanuman holds a unique place among the Hindu deities. We can find many temples raised for him and by number it is next only to Lord Ganesh. The traditional Hindu believes that Lord Hanuman is living today in His identical body and when this Kalpa ends and another begins. He will be appointed by creator of the Universe. According to the Hindu faith, Hanuman and Vinayaka are two aspects of God not afflicted by Sani. There is also a belief that all the planets are under the control of Hanumans tail. Whoever worships Hanuman is granted fortitude and strength.
Lord Panchamukha Anjaneya Swami was the main deity of Sri Raghavendra Swami. The place where he meditated on this five-faced form of Hanuman is now known as Panchamukhi, wherein a temple for him has been built. There is also a shrine for Panchamukha Anjaneya Swami at Kumbakonam in Tamil Nadu, India. A 40 feet tall monolithic green granite Murti of Sri Panchamukha Hanuman has been installed in Thiruvallur, also in Tamil Nadu. This place was known as Rudravanam in olden times when many saints and seers had blessed this place with their presence. The Panchamukha Hanuman Ashram itself was established by a saint called Venkatesa Battar.
Every Face of Sri Panchamukha Hanuman has significance:
- Sri Hanuman faces east. He grants purity of mind and success.
- The Narasimha faces south. He grants victory and fearlessness.
- The west facing Garuda removes black magic and poisons.
- The north facing Varaha, showers prosperity, wealth.
- The Hayagriva Mukha faces the Sky. But since we cannot see it, it is usually tilted and shown above Hanumans face. Hayagriva gives Knowledge and good children.
In the Ramayana, Hanuman is said to have rescued Shani, that is, the planet Saturn, from the clutches of Ravana. In gratitude, Shani promised Hanuman that those who prayed to him (Hanuman) would be rescued from the painful effects of Saturn, which in Hindu astrology, is said to produce malefic effects on ones life when one is afflicted negatively with Saturn.
Another version of the encounter between Lord Hanuman and Lord Shani / Sani Bhagawan is that the latter once climbed on to Lord Hanumans shoulder, implying that he (Hanuman) was coming under the effects of the influence of Shani. At this, Hanuman assumed a large size, and Shani was caught painfully between Hanumans shoulders and the ceiling of the room they were in. As the pain was unbearable, Shani requested Hanuman to release him, promising that if a person prayed to Hanuman, he (Shani) would moderate the malefic effects of his influence on that person; following this, Hanuman released Shani.
There is a spiritual interpretation of the relation between Lord Hanuman and Lord Shani. The former is said to be a symbol of selflessness, while the latter is symbolic of ego and pride. Thus, to counter the karma borne out of selfish action, one must be humble like Lord Hanuman. This is particularly true for those who are said to be experiencing the evil effects of Sade Sani - a period of about seven and half years when Saturn (Lord Shani) is supposed to afflict the sign in which "planet," the moon is placed in the natal chart of a person.
Alternatively, it is also considered that one who prays to Vishnu is protected from Saturn as he is said by some to be a great devotee of Vishnu. He symbolizes the pinnacle of bhakti, and Hindus consider him to be the eleventh Rudra Avatar of Lord Shiva. He is more well-known as the (spiritual) Son of Vayu Deva, the Hindu deity of the wind. Hanuman is the epitome of wisdom, Bramacharya, bhakti (devotion/faith), valour, righteousness and strength. His indispensable role in reuniting Rama with Sita is likened by some to that of a teacher helping an individual soul realize the divine. There is no blessing that he cannot bestow—according to the Hanuman Chalisa, Sita granted him the power to bestow the eight siddhis and nine types of wealth on others. However, the greatest boon one can ask of Hanuman is the uplifting spiritual qualities that he himself is known for.
Panchamukhi temple is located nearly 21 kilometers from Mantralaya across the Tungabadra River in Karnataka. According to ancient scriptures, Sri Raghavendra Swamy did penance here for 12 years way back in the 16th century. On the basis of this, we can say that this place is sanctified well for over 370 years. On Tuesdays and Saturdays, large number of people visits the temple. Those who visit Mantralaya will make it a point to visit this temple . In this temple, the presence of Lord Hanuman sitting which is a rare posture There is also a belief that God fulfils the wishes of the people who sleep near the Tulasi Brundavan for a duration of 40 days.
We can find the temple of Goddess Yeruklamba who is considered to be the protector of the place. Goddess is worshiped by people gathering from Kolhapur and Pune, by offering sarees, blouses and bangles. We find a replicas of foot wears of Lord Hanuman. On New Moon day, devotees come from Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Maharashtra to have the darshan of Lord Anjaneya. They spend the whole night singing bhajans of Lord Sri Rama. There is a idol of Panchamukhi Anjaneya carved on the rock in the cave with five faces. One can find the idols of Sri Venkateshalakshmi, Sri Hari, Kurma Avatar and the Brundavan of Sri Raghavendra Swamy in the temple. The presence of Lord Hanuman is seen, since the period of Treta yuga and Dwapara yuga and He is considered as Chiranjeevi.
Some famous temples of Lord Anjaneya are:
- Jhaku Temple,Shimla,Himachal Pradesh,India
- Sri Suchindram Temple, Tamilnadu, India
- Sri Hanuman Vatika , Rourkela , Orissa , India (74 Feet & 9 inches height Murthi )
- Saakshi Hanuman Temple , Ramarpadam , Rameswaram , Tamilnadu , India
- Shri Krishna Matha (Krishna Temple) , Udupi
- Krishnapura Matha , Krishnapura near Surathkal
- Ragigudda Anjaneya temple , Jayanagar , Bangalore
- Hanuman Temple, near Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka
- 11 Maruthi temples in Maharashtra.
- Shri Hanuman temple in Connaught Place, New Delhi.
- Prasanna Veeranjaneya Swami Temple, in Mahalakshmi Layout, Bangalore, Karnataka, India
- Sri Nettikanti Anjaneya Swami Devasthanam, Kasapuram, Andhra Pradesh, India
- Yellala Anjaneya Swami,Yellala, Cuddapah District, Andhra Pradesh, India
- Sri Mahavir mandir , Patna, Bihar.
- Sri Vishwaroopa Anchaneya Temple, Naganallur, Chennai, Tamilnadu, India (32 Feet Murthi)