Rare forms of Hanuman

Panchamukhi Hanuman

Panchamukhi Hanuman & Raghavendra swamy

It is rare idol of Hanuman. There are many legends and interpretations to this.

The legend

Lord Hanuman is said to have appeared before Raghavendraswamy in a unique way amalgamating within him the avataras of "varaha, garuda, anjaneya, narasimha and hayagreeva", thus five-headed. Panchamukhi, located on the south bank of river Tungabhadra near Manchala now known as Mantralayam is where Raghavendraswamy performed penance for 12 long years in a cave. In appreciation of his Yoga, Lord Panchamukhi Pranadevaru, Kollahpura Mahalakshmi, Lord Venkateshwara of Tirupati and Kurmavathara gave darshan to him. Then he left for Mantralaya where he entered into Samadhi. A temple has been constructed at the spot where he performed penance known as the Panchamukhi Anjaneyaswamy temple.

The details of Panchamukaa are:

1. East facing ANJANEYA to grant humanity ISHTA SIDDHI.
2. South facing KARALA UGRAVEERA NARASIMHA to grant humanity ABHISTA SIDDHI
3. West facing MAHAVEERA GARUDA to grant humanity SAKALA SOWBHAGYA
4. North facing LAKSMI VARAHA to grant humanity DHANA PRAPTHI, and
5. Urdhva Mukha {atop} being HAYAGRIVA to grant humanity SARVA VIDYA JAYA PRAPTHI.

The interpretations

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. In Bhagavat Gita Lord Krishna says to Arjun, "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. May be an artist thought over about this before making the Vigraham.

 

....Aadiyantha prabhu

 

Half Ganesha and half Hanuman

At Madya Kailas temple Adyar Madras

The idol is an amalgam of Sri vigneshwara and Sri Anjaneya on the lines of Ardhanareeswara ( Siva and Parvati) and Sri Sankaranarayana (combination of Siva and narayana).

The word Aadiyantha stands for  'begining to end' (Aadi - begining  &  Antha - end). There is a Tamil saying  'Begin with Ganesa and end up with Anjaneya'. Many people visit the temple to get blessing of the 'Twins'   against the influence of Navagrahas.  The importance of the idol is that Sri Vigneswara and Sri Anjaneya are the only two deities who are totally free from any influence over them whatsoever by the Navagrahas. It is believed that, the devotees can and do influence the Navagrahas themselves proportionate to the devoutness with which the devotees address themselves to Sri Aadiyanta Prabhu!