Lord Hanuman

Panchmukhi Hanuman

No matter how much I write about the greatness of Lord Hanuman it would be less but, what I feel is necessary I am writing.

Lord Hanuman was the eleventh Rudra Avtar of Lord Shiv. He was the son of Anjana. Kesri, Kesri means lion. He is foster father of Hanuman and son of Brihaspati.

Hanuman is also referred as Pavan Putra as he is considered as Hanumans spiritual father. Pavan (wind) also means Maruti and hence he is known as Maruti Nandan (son of wind).

He was born at the most auspicious hour of the morning of the 8th of the Lunar month, Chaitra, at 4 o'clock on the most blessed day, Tuesday.

Hanuman Jayanti is celebrated as the birthday of Hanuman, which falls during the month of Chaitra. It falls on the full moon day in March or April. Prayers are offered at sunrise time. Hanuman is worshipped either individually or worshipped with Lord Ram by his side.

It is said that Lord Hanuman took birth to assist Lord Ram in defeating Ravan. Lord Hanuman is one of the seven Chiranjivis. He is considered as the only learned scholar who knows the nine Vyakaranas.

The moment Hanuman was born he was hungry and nothing could satisfy his hunger. When he looked around he saw the orange glowing ball called the sun. He hurried across the sky to reach King Indra's abode. Indra Dev protected the sun by hurting his Vajra at Hanuman. Hanuman was injured and fell on to the ground. Vayu, the Wind God, was enraged. The gods realized they had done wrong and immediately assembled to assuage the father and comfort the child.

Each one of the Devtas gave the Hanuman gifts. Hanu means the chin and man means hurt so he got his name due to his hurt chin. Hanuman then returned home with all his gifts and grew up as a mischievous child.

It is also said that there was fight between Lord Hanuman and Shani. Shani lost the fight and requested Lord Hanuman to release him promising in return that if a person prayed to Lord Hanuman he (Shani) would moderate or eliminate the malefic effects of his influence on that person; following this, Lord Hanuman released Shani.

Shanis day is Saturday and hence those people who are suffering from the effect of Shani's Sada-Sati or any ill effects of any planets it is said that the person who worships Lord Hanuman on Saturday or Tuesday no ill effects of any planets can touch him.

In Mahabharat Lord Hanuman is also considered as the brother of Bhim as they both are also considered as Pavan Putra (son of wind).

Sindur and Oil :

Once after bathing Sita made a red spot with sindur on her forehead. When Hanuman asked for an explanation Sita replied, "It is because of this that Your Master's life is prolonged". When He heard this, Hanuman smeared sindur all over his body.

Once when Hanuman was proceeding to Lanka with the Dronagiri hills Bharat struck Him with an arrow and wounded His leg. The wound healed with a mixture of sindur and oil. Hence sindur and oil are Hanuman's favorites.

Hanuman with five faces (Panchmukhi Hanuman) :

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. It is believed 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.

Beej mantra of Lord Hanuman and its meaning :

“Aum aeem bhreem hanumate, shree ram dootaaya namaha”.

Meaning : We pray to the Lord Hanuman, who is the greatest server and messenger of the Lord incarnate, Shree Ram.


Shri Guru Charan Saroj Raj After cleansing the mirror of my mind with the pollen
Nij mane mukure sudhar dust of holy Guru's Lotus feet. I Profess the pure,
Varnao Raghuvar Vimal Jasu untainted glory of Shri Raghuvar which bestows the four-
Jo dayaku phal char fold fruits of life.(Dharma, Artha, Kama and Moksha).
Budhi Hin Tanu Janike Fully aware of the deficiency of my intelligence, I
Sumirau Pavan Kumar concentrate my attention on Pavan Kumar and humbly
Bal budhi Vidya dehu mohe ask for strength, intelligence and true knowledge to
Harahu Kalesa Vikar relieve me of all blemishes, causing pain.
Jai Hanuman gyan gun sagar Victory to thee, O'Hanuman! Ocean of Wisdom-All
Jai Kapis tihun lok ujagar   hail to you O'Kapisa! (fountain-head of power,wisdom and Shiva-Shakti) You illuminate all the three worlds(Entire cosmos) with your glory.
Ram doot atulit bal dhama You are the divine messenger of Shri Ram. The
Anjani-putra Pavan sut nama  repository of immeasurable strength, though known only as Son of Pavan (Wind), born of Anjani.
Mahavir Vikram Bajrangi With Limbs as sturdy as Vajra (The mace of God Indra)
Kumati nivar sumati Ke sangi  you are valiant and brave. On you attends good Sense and Wisdom. You dispel the darkness of evil thoughts.
Kanchan varan viraj subesa Your physique is beautiful golden coloured and your dress
Kanan Kundal Kunchit Kesa is pretty. You wear ear rings and have long curly hair.
Hath Vajra Aur Dhuvaje Viraje You carry in your hand a lightening bolt along with a victory
Kandhe moonj janehu sajai (kesari) flag and wear the sacred thread on your shoulder.
Sankar suvan kesri Nandan As a descendant of Lord Sankar, you are a comfort and pride
Tej pratap maha jag vandan  of Shri Kesari. With the lustre of your Vast Sway, you are propitiated all over the universe.
Vidyavan guni ati chatur You are the repository of learning, virtuous and fully accom-
Ram kaj karibe ko aatur plished, always keen to carry out the behest's of Shri Ram.
Prabu charitra sunibe ko rasiya You are an ardent listener, always so keen to listen to the
Ram Lakhan Sita man Basiya   narration of Shri Ram's Life Stories.
Your heart is filled with what Shri Ram stood for.
You therefore always dwell in the hearts of Shri Ram, Lakshman and Sita.
Sukshma roop dhari Siyahi dikhava You appeared before Sita in a Diminutive form and spoke to her in humility.
Vikat roop dhari lanka jarava  You assumed an awesome form and struck terror by setting  Lanka on fire.
Bhima roop dhari asur sanghare With over-whelming might you destroyed the Asurs
Ramchandra ke kaj sanvare (demons) and performed all tasks assigned to you by Shri Ram with great skill.
Laye Sanjivan Lakhan Jiyaye You brought Sanjivan (A herb that revives life) and restored
Shri Raghuvir Harashi ur laye  Lakshman back to life, Shri Raghuvir (Shri Ram) cheerfully embraced you with his heart full of joy.
Raghupati Kinhi bahut badai Shri Raghupati (Shri Ram) lustily extolled your excellence and
Tum mam priye Bharat-hi sam bhai said: "You are as dear to me as my own
brother Bharat."
Sahas badan tumharo yash gaave Thousands of living beings are chanting hymns of your glories;
Us kahi Shripati kanth lagaave saying thus, Shri Ram warmly hugged him (Shri Hanuman).
Sankadik Brahmadi Muneesa When prophets like Sanka, even the Sage like Lord Brahma,
Narad Sarad sahit Aheesa  the great hermit Narad himself, Goddess Saraswati and Ahisha (one of immeasurable dimensions).
Yam Kuber Digpal Jahan te Even Yamraj (God of Death) Kuber (God of Wealth) and the
Kavi kovid kahi sake kahan te   Digpals (deputies guarding the four corners of the
Universe) glories.
How then, can a mere poet give adequate expression of your super excellence.
Tum upkar Sugreevahin keenha You rendered a great service to Sugriv. You united him
Ram milaye rajpad deenha with Shri Ram and he installed him on the Royal Throne.
Tumharo mantra Vibheeshan mana Lankeshwar By heeding your advice, Vibhishan became Lord of Lanka.
Bhaye Sub jag jana This is known all over the Universe.
Yug sahastra jojan par
On your own you dashed upon the Sun, which is at a
Leelyo tahi madhur phal janu fabulous distance of thousands of miles, thinking it to be a sweet luscious fruit.
Prabhu mudrika meli mukh mahee Carrying the Lord's Signet Ring in your mouth, there is
Jaladhi langhi gaye achraj nahee hardly any wonder that you easily leapt across the ocean.
Durgaam kaj jagat ke jete The burden of all difficult tasks of the world become light
Sugam anugraha tumhre tete with your kind grace.
Ram dware tum rakhvare, You are the sentry at the door of Shri Ram's Divine Abode.
Hoat na agya binu paisare No one can enter it without your permission,
Sub sukh lahai tumhari sarna All comforts of the world lie at your feet. The devotees enjoy all
Tum rakshak kahu ko dar na divine pleasures and feel fearless under your benign Protection.
Aapan tej samharo aapai You alone are befitted to carry your own splendid valour. All the
Teenhon lok hank te kanpai three worlds (entire universe) tremor at your thunderous call.
Bhoot pisach Nikat nahin aavai All the ghosts, demons and evil forces keep away, with the
Mahavir jab naam sunavai sheer mention of your great name, O'Mahaveer!!
Nase rog harai sab peera All diseases, pain and suffering disappear
Japat nirantar Hanumant beera on reciting regularly Shri Hanuman's holy name.
Sankat se Hanuman
Those who remember Hanuman in thought, words and deeds
Man Karam Vachan dyan jo lavai with Sincerity and Faith, are rescued from all crises in life.
Sub par Ram tapasvee raja All who hail, worship and have faith in Shri Ram as the Supreme
Tin ke kaj sakal Tum saja  Lord and the king of penance. You make all their difficult tasks very easy.
Aur manorath jo koi lavai Whosoever comes to you for fulfillment of any desire with faith
Sohi amit jeevan phal pavai  and sincerity, Will he alone secure the imperishable fruit of human life.
Charon Yug partap tumhara All through the four ages your magnificent glory is acclaimed far
Hai persidh jagat ujiyara and wide. Your fame is Radiantly acclaimed all over the Cosmos.
Sadhu Sant ke tum Rakhware You are Saviour and the guardian angel of Saints and Sages and
Asur nikandan Ram dulhare destroy all Demons. You are the angelic darling of Shri Ram.
Ashta sidhi nav nidhi ke dhata You can grant to any one, any yogic power of Eight Siddhis
Us var deen Janki mata   (power to become light and heavy at will) and Nine Nidhis(Riches,comfort,power,prestige,fame,sweet relationship etc.)This boon has been conferred upon you by Mother Janki.
Ram rasayan tumhare pasa You possess the power of devotion to Shri Ram. In all rebirths
Sada raho Raghupati ke dasa you will always remain Shri Raghupati's most dedicated disciple.
Tumhare bhajan Ram ko pavai Through hymns sung in devotion to you, one can find Shri Ram
Janam janam ke dukh bisravai and become free from sufferings of several births.
Anth kaal Raghuvir pur jayee If at the time of death one enters the Divine Abode of Shri Ram,
Jahan janam Hari-Bakht Kahayee thereafter in all future births he is born as the Lord's devotee.
Aur Devta Chit na dharehi One need not entertain any other deity for Propitiation, as
Hanumanth se hi sarve sukh karehi
devotion of Shri Hanuman alone can give all happiness.
Sankat kate mite sab peera  One is freed from all the sufferings and ill fated contingencies of
Jo sumirai Hanumat Balbeera rebirths in the world. One who remembers Hanuman.
Jai Jai Jai Hanuman Gosahin Hail, Hail, Hail, Hanuman, Lord of senses. Let your victory
Kripa Karahu Gurudev ki nyahin
over the evil be firm and final. Bless me in the capacity as my supreme guru (teacher).
Jo sat bar path kare kohi One who recites Chalisa one hundred times, becomes free
Chutehi bandhi maha sukh hohi from the bondage of life and death and enjoys the highest bliss at last.
Jo yah padhe Hanuman Chalisa All those who recite Hanuman Chalisa
Hoye siddhi sakhi
regularly are sure to be benedicted. Such is the evidence of no less a witness as Bhagwan Sankar.
Tulsidas sada hari chera
Tulsidas as a humble devotee of the Divine Master, stays perpetually at his feet, he prays "Oh Lord! You
Keejai Das Hrdaye mein dera enshrine within my heart & soul."
Pavantnai sankat haran, Oh! conqueror of the Wind, Destroyer of all miseries, you
Mangal murti roop. are a symbol of Auspiciousness.
Ram Lakhan Sita sahit, Along with Shri Ram, Lakshman and Sita, reside in my
Hrdaye basahu sur bhoop. heart. Oh! King of Gods.