Monday, July 16, 2018

Viswaroopa Panchamuga Anjaneya Swamy Temple, Thiruvallur – Legends

Viswaroopa Panchamuga Anjaneya Swamy Temple, Thiruvallur – Legends
Origin of Panchamukha Hanuman:
The origin of Panchamukha Hanuman can be traced to a story in the Ramayana. During the war between Lord Ram and Ravana, Ravana took the help of Mahiravana who was the king of pathala. Lord Hanuman in order to protect Lord Ram and Lakshman formed a fortress with his tail. But Mahiravana took the form of Vibheeshana and took Lord Ram and Lakshman to pathala loka.
Hanuman entered pathala loka in search of Rama and Lakshmana. He found out that to kill Mahiravana he had to extinguish 5 lamps at the same time. So, he took the Panchamukha form with Hanuman, Hayagriva, Narasimha, Garuda and Varaha faces and extinguished the lamps. Mahiravana was killed immediately.
Rudhra Vanam:
The place of Pradhishtai was known as Rudhra Vanam in legendary times where great sages like Agasthya have done penance. The Ashram site at Periyakuppam has been chosen after Divine approval. A study of ancient scrolls showed that the site is legendary, as Anjaneya while carrying the Sanjeevi Mountain, stopped here to witness the Siva Puja being performed by Sage Agasthya.