YOU MUST KNOW #15
The Five-Headed (Panchamukhi) Hanuman – An Intriguing Image
The Vaishnavas believe that the wind-god Vayu underwent three incarnations to help Lord Vishnu. As Hanuman he helped Rama; as Bheema he assisted Krishna; and as Madhvacharya (1197-76), he founded the Vaishnava sect.
The Vaishnavas evolved a composite form of Hanuman with five heads and ten arms, incorporating in the composite image five important Vaishnavite deities:
At the center is a monkey’s face (Hanuman).
A lion’s visage represents Narasimha gazing southwards.
An eagle’s head symbolizes Garuda facing west. A boar head of Varaha (north). A horse’s face for Hayagriva (facing the sky).
Each head signifies a particular trait. Hanuman courage and strength, Narasimha fearlessness, Garuda magical skills and the power to cure snake bites, Varaha health, and exorcism, and Hayagriva victory over enemies.
It is interesting to note that in his youth Madhavacharya distinguished himself in physical exercises and field games and is said to have had a wonderful physique.
Truly, physical prowess is an integral aspect of the cult of Hanuman and he is the patron deity of wrestlers and body-builders. He is most popularly referred to as ‘Vajra-Anga-Bali,’ meaning the Powerful One (Bali) with a body (anga) hard as a thunderbolt (vajra).
Jai Bajrang Bali Ji🙏🏻🙏🏻