Saturday, April 23, 2016

Panchamukha (five-faced) Hanuman Temple, Rameshwaram

Panchamukha (five-faced) Hanuman Temple, Rameshwaram
Panchamukha (five-faced) Hanuman Temple is situated 2 km away from the Rameswaram temple. Here Hanuman is dressed with senthooram (vermillion). The temple has Deities of Rama, Sita and Hanuman which were originally at Dhanushkodi and are brought during the 1964 cyclone. Temple has floating stones called ‘Sethu Bandanam’ that were used during Sethu Bandanam (building a bridge between India and Lanka).

This small temple is located just opposite the Seetha Theertham. Five faced Hanuman, adorned with Senthooram all over his body is present here. There are many floating stones on display which were supposedly used to create the bridge on the sea as per mythology.

In the process of killing a demon Mayil Ravana, Hanuman was blessed with five faces – Lion’s face of Narashima, Garuda (to fly), Hayagriva, Varaha and the fifth one being Hanumar himself – through blessings of Mahavishnu.

By worshipping Pancha Mukha Anjaneyar, one can get rid of enemies with the help of Narashima mukha; overcome all types of Dosha with the help of Garuda; get all types of wealth with Varaha; and get Gnana with Hayagriva.

At this temple, there is a lamp next to lord Ram which is on for last 30 years.  Panchamuga Anjaneyar’s big size relief is installed which is open to sky. It was believed that the 700 years old temple at Dhanushkodi, which was destroyed during 1964 tsunami and the moorthams were brought here. 

Temple Timings:
Morning 6:00 AM to 12:00 Noon, Evening 4:00 PM to 9:00 PM