Panch Muki Hanuman Temple The origin of the Five Faced (or panchmukhi) Hanuman can be traced to a story in Ramanayana. When Lord Rama was engaged in the final war with Ravana, Ravana asked Ahiravana, the king of Patala, to take Rama and Lakshmana to Patala Lok. Ahiravana, in the disguise of Vibishana, the noble brother of Ravana, took Rama and Lakshmana to Patala to kill them. When Hanuman got to know about this he entered Patala in search of Rama and his brother. There he discovered that the life of Ahiravana was hidden in five lamps which were placed in different directions and Ahiravana could only be killed by extinguishing these five lamps at the same time. To accomplish this, Hanuman took the form of Panchamukha Hanuman and blew out the five lamps in five directions. Along with Hanuman, the other four faces are Hayagriva, Narasimha, Garuda and Varaha. It is this Five Faced Hanuman idol that is kept in the temple at Rameshwaram. The five faces of Hanuman also signify the five senses (panch indriyas) over which Hanuman have mastery, as he was a great yogi. They also represent the five elements (wind, water, earth, fire and sky) which are the basis of creation. According to Hanumath Prakaranam in Sri Vidyarnavatantram, Anjaneya has five faces (Pancha Mukha) and ten weapons. Hanuman is a great yogi (mystic) having transcended the five senses (Pancha Indriyas). In Kamba Ramayanam (in Tamil), the significance of number five is beautifully narrated as follows: The son of one of the five elements (son of wind – Pavana Thanaya) crossed one of the five elements (water – the ocean), through one of the five elements (sky), met daughter of one of the five elements (daughter of earth – Sita Devi) burnt down Lanka by one of the five elements (fire). Sundara Kanda, highlights the heroic exploits of Lord Hanuman at Lanka. By many, it is considered auspicious to go around the Hanuman idol 5 times, 14 times, 23 times, 32 times or with such numbers the digits of which add to five. The pancha mukha hanuman is rare idol of Hanuman.