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Category: Hanuman Chalisa

PANCH-MUKHI (FIVE HEADED) HANUMAN

PANCH-MUKHI (FIVE HEADED) HANUMAN

Panch Mukhi Hanuman

One of the very rare forms of Hanuman, he assumed it only once to kill the demon Ahiravan was that of Panch-mukhi Hanumna. 

Ahiravan was the brother of Ravan, who had kidnapped Ram and Lakshman and taken them away to the Nether world. The only way to kill Ahiravan was to extinguish 5 lamps in 5 different directions, which he did with this form. The 5 faces of Hanuman, apart from himself are that of Narasimha, Garuda, Varaha and Hayagriva.

HOW SUGRIVA BECAME HIS COMPANION

HOW SUGRIVA BECAME HIS COMPANION

Hanuman was a minister in the army of king Sugriva, who was another ruler of the monkey clan. The story of how Hanuman came to assist Sugriva began when the monkey God was learning scriptures from Lord Surya. 


With his never ending inquisitiveness and dedication, it took him only sixty hours to become proficient in all the scriptures. Lord Surya was highly impressed with his disciple’s feat and waived off the gurudakshina. Hanuman though was insistent on paying the gurudakshina and when the Sun Lord asked him to become a companion of his Sugriva, he readily agreed.

LORD HANUMAN AND LORD BHIMA WERE BOTH BROTHERS

LORD HANUMAN AND LORD BHIMA WERE BOTH BROTHERS

Bhima was also the son of Vayu (the Lord of the Winds). One day, when Bhima was searching for a flower his wife wanted, he saw a monkey sleeping with his tail crossing the path. 


He asked him to move his tail. But the monkey didn’t do it and asked Bhima to move it. Bhima was very arrogant with his strength. Nevertheless, he couldn’t move or lift the tail. Therefore, he realized that this was not a mere ordinary monkey. It was none other than Hanuman. He lied there just to reduce the arrogance of Bhima.

HANUMAN ALSO CREATED HIS VERSION OF RAMAYANA

HANUMAN ALSO CREATED HIS VERSION OF RAMAYANA

Hanuman also created his version of Ramayan – which was supposedly a superior version compared to that of Valmiki’s.

Ram-Hanuman crossing bridge to LankaAfter the war at Lanka, Hanuman went to Himalaya for continuing his reverence of Lord Ram, Hanuman etched his version of Ram’s tale on the walls of the Himalayas with his nails.

When Maharshi Valmiki visited Hanuman to show his version of Ramayana, he saw the walls and felt sad as Valmiki believed that Hanuman’s Ramayana was superior and that his arduously created version of the Ramayana would remain unnoticed. Realising this, Hanuman discarded his version. Taken aback, Valmiki said he would love to be reborn to sing the glory of Hanuman!

HANUMAN ONCE REJECTED SITA MAA’S GIFT

HANUMAN ONCE REJECTED SITA MAA’S GIFT

Rama had Sita in his Heart . When Sita Maa gave Hanuman a beautiful pearl necklace as a gift he

politely declined it saying he doesn’t accept anything that is devoid
of Lord Rama’s name.
To prove his point to Maa Sita, the ardent
devotee also ripped off his chest. This was his dedication towards
Lord Rama.
Nothing in this immortal world is better than God’s name. If you
preserve and remember his name always in your Heart like Hanuman
Everything is yours and you may be happy in your life.

ALTHOUGH HE WAS A BRAHMCHARI, LORD HANUMAN HAD A SON – MAKARDHWAJA.

ALTHOUGH HE WAS A BRAHMCHARI, LORD HANUMAN HAD A SON – MAKARDHWAJA.

A Mighty Fish Conceived Hanuman’s Son Makar Dhwaja Hanuman’s Son Makar Dhwaja was born to a mighty fish of the same name when Hanuman after burning the entire Lanka with his tail had dipped

in the sea to cool off his body. It is said that his sweat was
swallowed by the fish and thus was Makar Dhwaja conceived.
The fish was caught by Ravana’s step brother Ahiravana who ruled Patal, the
nether world. When Makar Dhwaja grew up, Ahiravana was impressed by
his strength and virility. He then made him his soldier.

Hanuman had lost in a duel with Makar Dhwaja when he went to rescue
Rama and Laxman whom Ahiravana had kidnapped. Later, Hanuman killed
Ahiravana and made his son Makardhwaja, the king and left the place
with Lord Rama and his brother Laxman.

WHY HANUMAN IS COVERED WITH SINDOOR ALL OVER HIS BODY?

WHY HANUMAN IS COVERED WITH SINDOOR ALL OVER HIS BODY?

Hanuman Once Applied Sindoor All Over His Body for Lord Rama’s Long Life .When Hanuman saw Sita applying Sindoor (Vermillion) in her hair, he

asked the reason for the same. Sita replied that it was for long life
and well being of Lord Rama, her husband. Hanuman, the biggest devotee
of Rama thought if a pinch of sindoor in the hair can increase the
longevity of Lord Rama then why not apply on the entire body.
He then applied sindoor all over his body for Rama’s long life. Seeing
this innocence and unmatched devotion of Hanuman, Lord Rama gave him a
vardan (blessings) that whenever the name of devotion takes place,
Hanuman’s name will be taken first. Also, whoever will pay respect to
Hanuman on Tuesday, not only will his/her wishes come true but will
also be dear to Lord Rama himself.

Another reason to believe is that Hanuman is also believed to be the incarnation of Lord Rudra, reason why devotees color the idol with sindhur color.

THE NAME HANUMAN MEANS DISFIGURED JAW

THE NAME HANUMAN MEANS DISFIGURED JAW

In Sanskrit Hanu means Jaw and man means disfigured so Hanuman means

disfigured jaw. No wonder, Hanuman’s jaw as a kid was disfigured by
none other than Lord Indra who had used his vajra (Thunderbolt)
against Anjaneya, who took sun as a riped mango and even went to trace
it up in the sky. 
It was here in the sky that Lord Indra had used his
vajra which threw Anjaneya straight on the earth damaging his jaw
forever.

HANUMAN WAS AN INCARNATION OF LORD SHIVA

HANUMAN WAS AN INCARNATION OF LORD SHIVA

Hanuman was an incarnation of Shiva and considered to be an

exemplification of strength, devotion, and perseverance.

Anjana, a beautiful Apsara in celestial palace court of Lord Brahma
was cursed by a sage that, the moment she fell in love her face would
transform to that of a monkey. Lord Brahma thought of helping her and
she took birth on Earth. Later, Anjana fell in love with Kesari, the
monkey king and they both married each other. Being an ardent devotee
of Lord Shiva, she continued with her tapasya to please the God.
Lord
Shiva was impressed and she wished him to be her son so that she would
be freed from the curse of the sage.

Few days later, King Dasrath was performing a yagna after which the
sage gave him kheer to feed all his wives. A portion of Kaushlya, his
eldest wife, was snatched by a kite who flew all the way where Anjana
was meditating. Lord Vayu (aka Pawan – Wind) on the signal of Lord
Shiva kept the kheer in Anjana’s hand. Thinking it as Lord Shiva’s
prasad Anjana ate it and thus gave birth to his incarnation – Pawan
Putra Hanuman, the son of the Lord of the Winds.

STORY OF HANUMAN’S BIRTH

STORY OF HANUMAN’S BIRTH

When Lord Vishnu decided to incarnate on earth in the form of Rama,

Lord Shiva professed his desire to serve him. Shiva’s intention
perturbs Sati as she would have to stay apart from her beloved
husband.Learning of Sati’s concern, Shiva promised to send only a
portion of him to earth so that he could fulfil both the purposes. But
the form which Shiva should adopt for his reincarnation became a cause
of great distress to both Sati and Shiva. Finally after much
deliberation, Shiva decided to assume the form of a monkey, as the
humble creature can sustain with a simple lifestyle and is free of all
bondages of caste and traditions. Thus he took birth in the form of
Hanuman, who served Lord Rama