Shri Panchamukhi Hanuman worship, rituals, significance and powerful moola mantras and sadhana

Panchamukha HanumanShri Hanumanji or the devout of Shri Rama, the embodiment of strenght,valor and courage is born of our epics to inspire in us the urge to stand up to our daily challenges and face life’s hurdles, difficulties, enemies and other not-so good factors with equal mental strength and courage.

Shri Panchamukha Hanuman is one of the most important upasana deity of our Guru Parampara. Inspite of rapid strides in technology, there is a growing insecurity for the average human being, both at emotional and physical levels. Sri Panchamukha Anjaneya Swami promises this security to all devotees.

Every Face of Shri Panchamukha Hanuman has significance —

  • Shri Hanuman faces East. He grants purity of mind and success.
  • The Narasimha faces South. He grants victory and fearlessness.
  • The West facing Garuda removes black magic and poisons.
  • The North facing Varaha, showers prosperity, wealth.
  • The Hayagriva mukha faces the Sky. But since we cannot see it, it is usually tilted and shown above Hanuman’s face. Hayagriva gives knowledge and good children.”

Shri Panchamukhi Hanuman refers to five faces. According to the scriptures, Lord Hanuman assumed this form to slay Mahiravana, brother of Ravana. Mahiravana was a sorcerer and an ardent devotee of Goddess Mahamaya. Instigated by Ravana, Mahiravana took Lord Rama and his brother Lakshmana to Paathaala Loka (the nether-world) and was tempted to sacrifice them to Goddess Mahamaya. To save the divine brothers, Lord Hanuman had to stub out five lamps burning in different directions simultaneously. He therefore assumed the Panchamukha form to win this task.

This Kavacham is addressed to this fierce form of Hanuman. To tell the fact as I understood, it is not Stothra in the normal sense of the word. It gives large amount of Tantric manthras aimed at protection. Some people believe that this sloka should not be recited but used to worship the Five Faced Hanumanji.

It is written at the end of the stotra that it was taught by Rama to Sita as per her request. But the first few lines show that this is a version was taught by Garuda, where he mentions that it was created by the Lord of Lords.

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The Dhyana sloka of Shri Panchamukha Hanuman is

“Panchasyachutamaneka vichitra veeryam |
Sri shanka chakra ramaniya bhujagra desam ||
Peethambaram makara kundala noopurangam |
Dhyayethitam kapivaram hruthi bhvayami” ||

  • The face towards the East is Sri Hanuman Mukha in its original form. This face removes all blemishes of sin and confers purity of mind (Chitta Suddhi).
  • Sri Karala Ugravira Narasimha Swami, facing the South, removes fear of enemies and confers  victory.
  • The face facing the west is that of Lord Shri Mahavira Garuda and this face drives away evil spells, black magic influences etc and removes all poisonous effects in one’s body.
  • Sri Lakshmi Varaha murthi facing the North wards off the troubles caused by bad influences of the planets and confers all prosperity-Ashta Aishwarya.
  • The Urdhva Mukha Facing upwards of Sri Hayagriva Swami confers knowledge, victory, good wife and progeny.

Sindhoor (Vermillion) is a modified version of saffron made into a paste which is commonly found applied in Lord Hanuman temples. The colour morphs into a deep red which symbolizes the immense strength of Lord Hanuman and is the colour also of boldness. What better attribute can describe the divine strength and courage of the Vayuputra. Also the colour red signifies the muladhara chakra (the very first chakra in the human body ) and it is the basis of the survival instinct and deep rooted fear complexes. Gazing at this deep red relieves some of the fears and hence that is why the Lord of courage Lord Hanuman is painted a deep red colour in temples.

The application of the Hanuman sindhoor reminds us to never give up and fight with life’s problems with renewed vigour. It is the colour of the warriors.

Maruti as the servitor (Dasmaruti) and Maruti as the courageous one (Virmaruti): 

Hanuman has two forms namely Maruti as the servitor and Maruti as the courageous one.

The servitor form is the one in which Hanuman stands in front of Rama with His hands folded in obeisance, His tail resting on the ground.  The stance of Maruti as the courageous one is that of one ready for battle. His tail is upright and His right hand is turned towards His head. Sometimes even a demon crushed under His feet is depicted. To overcome problems of possession, black magic, etc. Maruti as the courageous one is worshipped.

Maruti with five faces (Panchmukhi Maruti):

One finds quite a few idols of the five-faced Maruti. The five faces are of an eagle (garud), a boar (varaha), a hayagriv, a lion and a monkey. The idol has ten arms wielding a flag, a sword, a noose, etc. One explanation for the five faces of a deity is that the deity keeps vigilance and has control over the five directions – north, south, east, west and the upward direction/zenith.

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 Maruti is worshipped in the context of energy for the following reasons.

  • To overcome distressing energy: To overcome problems due to spirits, black magic, ancestors’ subtle bodies, suffering due to Shani, etc.
  • To control pleasant energy: If there is any obstacle in the pathway of the activated kundalini (spiritual energy) then to overcome it and channelise it appropriately.

Ritualistic worship (puja)

Popular worship: In Maharashtra on the full moon day (pournima) of the Hindu lunar month of Chaitra Hanuman’s birthday (Jayanti) is celebrated. In Maharashtra, Saturday is considered as an auspicious day for His worship. In the rest of India,  Saturday and Tuesday both are considered as auspicious days for His worship. On these days people offer Him sindur and jasmine/ chameli oil.

In some places coconuts are offered.

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As the following mantra indicates, Lord Hanuman provides his devotees with knowledge, power, courage, and health.

Budhdirbalam yasho dhairyam nirbhayatvam arogata

Ajaadtyam vakpatutvam cha hanumat smaranadbhavet

The Panchamukha Hanuman Stuthi is a potent stotra meant to praise each of the five forms. This stotra helps to alleviate troubles and keep evil forces away. It serves as a protection to devotees who chant with utmost faith.

Om namo bhagavathe panchavadanaaya poorva kapi mukhe

Sakala shatru samhaarnaaya swaaha

The east facing form of Lord Hanuman protects devotees from problems caused by enemies. He provides happiness and fulfills wishes.

Om namo bhagavathe panchavadanaaya dakshina mukhe

Karaala vadanaaya Narasimhaaya sakala bhoota praeta pramadanaaya swaaha

The south facing form of Lord Narasimha removes all types of fear, sins, unfavorable influences of spirits and demons, and fulfills our wishes.

Om namo bhagavathe panchavadanaaya paschima mukhe

Garudaaya sakala visha haranaaya swaaha

The west facing form of Lord Garuda removes all types of ailments, negativities, black magic, poison, and fear.

Om namo bhagavathe panchavadanaaya uthara mukhe

Aadivarahaaya sakala sampatkaraaya swaaha

The north facing form of Lord Varaha provides the ashta aishwarya (eight different forms of wealth).

Om namo bhagavathe panchavadanaaya oordhwa mukhe

Hayagrivaaya sakala jana vasheekaranaaya swaaha

The upwards facing form of Lord Hayagriva helps devotees attract the goodwill of people. The words of His devotees turn into reality. He bestows them with advancement in seeking knowledge, good company of friends, intelligence, good children, and salvation.

The Shri Panchamukha Hanuman Gayatri can be chanted to overcome obstacles in life.

Om Anjaneyaya Vidmahe Panchavaktraaya Dheemahi
Tanno Hanumath Prachodayaath

The five forms namely Hanuman, Narasimha, Garuda, Varaha, and Hayagriva can also be invoked individually by chanting specific Gayatri mantras.

Hanuman Gayatri:

Shree aanjaneyaya vidmahe mahabalaaya dhimahi tanno Kapi prachodayat

Narasimha Gayatri:

Vajranakhaaya vidmahe tikshanadamshtraya dhimahi tanno Narasimha prachodayat

Garuda Gayatri:

Tatpurushaaya vidmahe suvarna pakshaya dhimahi tanno Garudah prachodayat

Varaha Gayatri:

Om dhanurdharaya vidmahe vakradamshyara dhimahi tanno Varaha: prachodayat

Hayagriva Gayatri:

Om vaagishwaraaya vidmahe Hayagrivaaya dhimahi tanno hangsa prachodayaat

If you are troubled by evil influences, and want to seek protection from fears, enemies, and the occult, Panchamukha Hanuman is the God for you. He protects those who seek refuge in Him.

Om Hreem Hari Markat Markataya Swaha ||

Om Hreem Hari Markat Markataya Vam Vam Vam Vam Vam Vowst Swaha ||

Om Hreem Hari Markat MarkatayaFum Fum Fum Fum Fum Futt Swaha ||

Om Hreem Hari Markat Mum-kartayaKhun Khun Khun Khun Khun Maranaya Swaha ||

Om Hreem Hari Markat MarkatayaThun Thun Thun Thun Thun Stamba-Naya Swaha ||

Om Hreem Hari Markat MarkatayaDone Done Done Done Done AakarshanayaSakal Samapta Kaaraya Panchmukhi Veer Hanumathay Par Yantra Tantro Cha-Chatanaya Swaha ||



  1. The best article I have ever read about Hanuman-Ji. This one is so informative just by reading the article I got so much positive aura around me. Thank you

  2. s.v.s.suribabu says:

    please send the Telugu version to to my mail address

  3. coralcrue says:

    thank you so much

  4. Sunil Narula says:

    Jai Bajrang Bali

  5. I ‘m english and it was not easy to read the hindi writing but it’s amazing the mantra very powerful thank you

  6. amrikesavan says:

    can ladies recite this pancha mukhi kavacham and saptha mukhi kavacham daily

  7. Anupam Ghosh says:

    What’s the procedure of chantingShri Panchmukhi Hanuman Kavach mantra. What precautions we must take while chanting it??

    • Astrologer says:

      Panchamukhi Hanuman Kavach mantra is ideally to be chanted 11 times wearing silk dhoti.
      Bathe and wear clean clothes.
      Do not get disturbed while chanting.
      Listening to Mp3 Panchamukhi Hanuman Kavach is also recommended. Make besan laddoo prasad if possible.
      Face south while chanting.
      Finish Kavach with Shri ram arti.

  8. Jai Bajrang Bali Ki Jai Shree Ram


  10. MAHESH kamble says:

    Jai bajrang bali

  11. Jai Jai BAJARANG BALI Tod de dushman
    Ki nali


  13. My house door is facing south,,, can I keep panch mukh hanuman photo,,, is it okk

  14. Manoj kumar says:

    Kya aap muje panchmukhi hanuman gayatri bata sakte h

  15. Ami Vankawala says:

    My house door is facing south.. What I can put ? N where?

  16. leckrajsing says:

    made the fatal mistake of removing my pendant . suffered a lot.

  17. Aalok Srivastav says:

    Jai Panchmukhi Hanumanji.

  18. Panchamukhi Hanuman Ki Jai !!!!!!

  19. We have pasted pancha mukha anjaneya swamy poster over main door entrance can we go every day under the poster

  20. nandakumar says:

    what is the direction of panchmukhi hanumanji at home is it facing to southwest direction?

  21. This site gave me lot of information of hanuman ji , jai hanuman jai bajrangbali

  22. A very nice n deep insight of mantras and information of hanuman ji

  23. Nirmalya Bakshi says:

    Is it helpful to read hanumaan kavacham in 12th week because it is written that all sidhis can be got in 11th week.

  24. RAJU SAKINALA says:

    i want to cure my mental problems

  25. Once i read in a translation that this mantra kills the powerful enemies. Is that correct or is a wrong english translation. Cause i want to protect myself but with no killing involved. Thanks if someone can help me on this one.

  26. Hello there..
    I am a follower of Panchamukhi Hanuman and recently i am planning to lay one in my home. While searching for the figurines i found in many website and in this site too where people explain about the directions that each of them face, such as:
    Shri Hanuman faces East. He grants purity of mind and success.
    The Narasimha faces South. He grants victory and fearlessness.
    The West facing Garuda removes black magic and poisons.
    The North facing Varaha, showers prosperity, wealth.

    My question to you the author is: when you lay the Panchamukhi Hanuman Ji facing towards east direction, Narasimha being on the left side of Hanuman will face north direction, Garunda on the right side will be facing South, Varaha will be facing West. Either someone has got the directions wrong, which is been spread through out the world or the pictures of Panchamukhi Hanuman all over the internet is wrong!
    Can some one Clarify?

  27. Hi Vimal,
    You are absolutely correct even I am also confused.The directions given are wrong.Noway whichever direction you place the picture it will be the directions as given on the internet.

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