Pancha Mukha Anjaneya Kavacham
(The armour of
Hanuman with five faces.)
(I am quoting in extenso from the learned article
on Pancha Mukha Anjaneya
from the Wikipedia.
“Sri Panchamukha Anjaneya Swami was the main deity of Sri Raghavendra Swami.
The place where he meditated on this five-faced form of Hanuman is now known as
wherein a temple for him has been built. There is also a shrine for Panchamukha Anjaneya Swami at Kumbakonam in Tamil Nadu, India. A
40 feet (12 m) tall monolithic green granite murti of
Sri Panchamukha Hanuman has been installed in Thiruvallur,
also in Tamil Nadu. This place was known as Rudravanam in olden times when many saints and seers had
blessed this place with their presence. The Panchamukha Hanuman Ashram itself was established by a saint
called Venkatesa Battar.
Hanuman assumed this form to kill Mahiravana, a powerful rakshasa black-magician
and practitioner of the dark arts during the Ramayana war.
Mahiravana had taken Lord Rama and Lakshmana captive,
and the only way to kill him was to extinguish five lamps burning in different
directions, all at the same instant. Hanuman assumed His Panchamukha form
and accomplished the task, thus killing the rakshasa,
and freeing Rama and Lakshmana.
This form of Hanuman is very popular, and is also known as
Panchamukha Anjaneya and
Panchamukhi Anjaneya. (Anjaneya, which means "son of Anjana", is another name of Hanuman). One of the most famous
places of Pligrimage in central India is
claimed to be the Resting
Place of Shiri Hanuman
Ji is Chitrakoot.
Temple is situated on the
peak of mountain where there is natural rock formation image of Shri Hanuman inside the cave and a natural stream of water
falling on the tail. It is believed that after the coronation of Lord Ram,
Hanuman requested for a permanent place to settle in the Kingdom of Lord Ram, where his Injury of burns on his
tails will be cured. Lord ram then with his arrow spurred a stream of water on
the tip of mountain and asked hanuman to rest there and water of the stream will
fall on his tail to cool down burning sensation on his tail.
The access to the cave temple is through stairs starting from
bottom of the mountain to its top. It takes roughly 30 to 40 minutes to reach
the temple. Over time the temple has gained a new name, namely Hanuman Dhara. The most fascinating thing about the temple is that
the cave temple is located on the top of the mountain and water comes in the
stream throughout the year, although the mountain has no permanent source of
water on it like Glaciers or
snow coming from the covered mountains of Himalayas.
Other places where statues of Lord Hanuman can be found
A 67 foot Murti of Lord Hanuman Ji has been
installed at Sankat Mochan Shri Hanuman Mandir, located in the Punjab town of Phillaur.
A 40 foot Murti of Sri Panchamukha Hanuman
has been installed at Tiruvallur,
36 foot Murti of Sri
Panchamukha Hanuman has been installed at Panchavatee,Pondicherry,
called Viswaroopa Jayamangala Panchamukha Sri Anjaaneyaswamy.
32 foot Murti of Adhivyadihara Sri Bhaktha Anjaneyaswamy, Nanganallur, Chennai which is
molded out of a single rock.
Face of Sri Panchamukha
Hanuman faces east. He grants purity of mind and success.
The Narasimha faces
south. He grants victory and fearlessness.
facing Garuda removes
black magic and poisons.
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
This Kavacham is addressed to this fierce form of Hanuman. To
tell the fact as I understood , it is not Sthothra in the normal sense of the word. It gives large
amount of Thanthric manthras
aimed at protection . Some people believe that this
sloka should not be recited but used to worship the five
faced Hanuman. 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. The original Devanagari text of this great
stotra can be found in
,Om Asya Sri Pancha Mukha Hanumath kavacha maha manthrasya Brahma Rishi, Gayathri Chanda, Pancha
mukha virat Hanuman Devatha, Hreen bheejam Sreem Shakthi , Kroum keelakam , Kroom kavacham, Kraim asthraya phat.Ithi Digbanda
armour of the great armour of the five faced Hanuman ,
sage is Brahma, Gayathri is the meter , God addressed is the regal five faced
Hanuman, Hreem is the root, Sreem is the power, Kroum is the
nail. Kroom is the armour and Kraim is the arrow. Thus all directions are
Sri Garuda Uvacha:-
Sri Garuda said:-
Adha Dhyanam pravakshyami , srunu sarvanga sundari,
Yath krutham deva devena dhyanam hanumatha priyam.
I am now
reciting the meditative chant, Oh pretty lady,
God of Gods and is dear to Hanuman ,
Pancha vakthram Maha bheemam , tripancha nayanair yutham,
Bahubhir dasabhir yuktham, sarva kamartha sidhidham.
five faces, who was greatly gross, who had fifteen
ten hands and would grant all desires.
Poorvam thu vanaram vakthram ,
koti soorya sama prabham,
Damshtra karala vadanam, brukuti kutilekshanam.
east is the face of the monkey, with the brilliance of billions of
protruding teeth in a black face, which is curved and
Asyaiva dakshinam vakthram Narasimham mahadbutham,
Athyugra thejo vapusham bheeshanam bhaya nasanam.
south is the face of
greatly wonderful Narasimha,
very serious , the god being fearsome and a destroyer
Paschimam Garudam vakthram vakra
Sarva naga prasamanam visha bhoothadhi krundanam.
west is the face of very strong Garuda with a curved
subdues all snakes and which cuts away poison and ghosts
Utharam soukaram vakthram krishnam dheeptham nabhopamam,
Patala Simha Vetala
north is the face of a boar, which is black, shining and comparable to
cuts away underworld, Lion , ghosts , fever and sickness.
Oordhwam hayananam ghoram danavanthakaram param,
Yena vakthrena viprendra tharakakyam maha suram.
top is the fearsome face of horse, which destroys asuras,
which face the chief of Brahmins killed the great asura called Tharaka.
Jagaana saranam thasyath sarva sathru haram param,
Dhyathwa Pancha mukham rudhram
hanumantham dhaya nidhim.
Hanuman who is merciful and angry,
after waking up and surrendering to him,
an end to all the enemies and lead to salvation.
Angam trishulam, Gadwangam, pasam angusam parvatham,
Bindipalam Jnana mudhraam dasabhir muni pungavam,
Yethanyayudha jaalaani dharayantha bhajamyaham.
about the great sage who is armed with his
sword, rope , goad , mountain, fist,
holding the water pot
protection and also Jnana in his ten hands.
Prethasanopavishtam tham sarvabharana bhooshitham,
, divya gandhanulepanam,
Sarvascharya mayam devam Hanumath viswatho mukam.
who evokes great surprise with his universal
Sits on a
corpse, wears all sorts and kinds of ornaments,
divine garland and
anoints himself with divine ointments.
Panchasyam achyutham maneka
Vakthram sasanga shikaram kapi raja varyam,
Peethabaradhri makutair upa shobhithangam,
Pingakshamadhyamanisam Manasa smarami.
on him who has five faces of Vishnu,
multi coloured and diverse faces,
the top one respected by all monkeys,
shines in the yellow silk that he ties on his head,
red eyes and who is the first always.
Markataisam mahothsaham sarva shathru haram param,
Shathrum samhara maam raksha siman apad udhara.
god who is
exuberant and who destroys all his enemies,
save me by killing all my enemies , Oh God who lifts
people from danger.
Om Harimarkata markata manthramidham
,parilikhyathi likhyathi vama thale ,
yadi nasyathi nasyathi shathru kulam,yadi muchyathi muchyathi vama latha.
this divine chant of the monkey of
Vishnu* , monkey of Vishnu is
written on the left side , the enemies would be destroyed , destroyed and the contrary aspects would be
*could be “green
offerings in the fire to Vishnu’s
*”swaha” is the wife of fire. These type of manthras are used when we
offer some thing to the fire.
Om namo bhagawathe Pancha vadanaya Poorva kapimukhaya
sakala shathru samharakaya
the fire to the five
faced God who has monkey face on the east side and the God who destroys all our
Om namo bhagawathe Pancha vadanaya Dakshina mukhaya , karala vadanaya , narasimhaya sakala bhootha pramadhanaya swaha
the fire to five faced God who has the black face of Narasimha on
the south side and to the God who hurts all beings.
Om namo bhagawathe Pancha vadanaya, paschima mukhaya garudananaya sakala
visha haraya swaha.
the fire to five faced God who has the face of Garuda on the west side and to the God who cures all types of
Om namo bhagawathe Pancha vadanaya, Uthara mukhaya aadhi
varahaya , sakala sampathkaraya swaha.
the fire to five faced God who has the face of the primeval
boar and who blesses with all types
Om namo bhagawathe Pancha vadanaya, Urdhwa mukhaya, hayagreevaya
, sakala jana vasankaraya swaha.
the fire to five faced God who has the face of god hayagreeva (horse)
and to the God who attracts all beings.
Om asya Sri Pancha Hanuman maha manthrasya , Sri Ramachandra Rishi , anushtup Chanda , Pancha mukha veera Hanuman devatha, Hanumanithi bheejam, Vayu puthra ithi shakthi , Anjani sutha ithi keelakam, Sri Rama dhootha hanumath prasada sidhyarthe jape viniyoga.
Ithi rishyadhika vinyaseth.
the great chant of the five faced Hanuman, the sage is Lord Ramachandra, meter is Anushtup,
the god addressed is the five faced Hanuman, the root is Hanuman, the power is
the son of Wind God,
the nail is the son of Anjana, and the
chant is being done to please Hanuman who is the emissary of Sri Rama . Thus do
the preliminaries starting from the sage.
Adha kara nyasa
ritual acts by the hand
Om Anjani suthaya angushtabhyam nama
Om Rudhra murthaye Tharjaneebhyam nama
Om Vayu puthraya madhyamabhyam nama
Om Agni garbhaya Anamikabhyam nama
Om Rama Dhoothaya kanishtikabhyam nama
Om Pancha mukha hanumath kara thala kara prushtabhyam nama
Ithi Kara nyasa
salutations to son of Anjana through the
salutations to Rudhra murthy
through the fore finger
salutations to son of wind god through the middle
salutations to he who has fire within him through the fourth finger
salutations to the messenger of Rama through the little
Om salutations to he
who has five faces through the entire palm.
ritual acts of the hand
Adha Hrudhayadhi nyasa
rituals in places like heart
Om Anjani suthaya hrudayaya nama
Om Rudhra murthaye Sirase Swaha
Om Vayu puthraya shikhaya vashat
Om Agni Garbhaya kavachaya hoom
Om Rama dhoothathaya nethraya Voushat
Om Pancha mukha hanumathe asthraya phat
Om Pancha mukha Hanumathe swaha
Ithi Hrudhayadhi nyasa
salutations at the heart for son of Anjana
to the fire to Rudhra
Om Vashat for son of wind god in the head
Om hoom for the armour of he who has the
Om Voushat for the eyes for messenger of
Om Phat for arrow of the five faced Hanuman
in the fire to five faced Hanuman
the rituals at heart
Vande Vanara Narasimha khagarat kreedaswa vaktharanwitham,
Divyalankaranam tri Pancha
nayanam dheedheepya manam ruchaa,
Hasthabhdhai rasi kheta pusthaka sudhaa Kumbha angusadhim halam,
Gadwangam phani bhooruham dasa bhujam sarvari
to him who has faces of a monkey, Narasimha, king of birds, horse and a
divinely decorated, have fifteen eyes, which shines immensely,
Who has ten hands
and holds shield, book , nectar, goad , plough and
moves with his body all over the earth and is valorous
Om Sri Rama
, Anjaneyaya , Vayu
puthraya, Maha bala parakramaya,
Sita dukha nivaranaya, Lanka dahana karanaya, Maha bala prachandaya , Phalguna sakhaya, Kolahala sakala Brahmanda viswa roopaya, Saptha samudhra nirlanganaya, Pingala nayanaya, Amitha vikramaya, Surya bimba phala sevanaya, Dushta nivaranaya, Drushti niralankruthaya, SAnjeevini sanjeevithangada Lakshmana maha
kapi sainya pranadhaya, Dasa kanda vidhwamsanaya, Rameshtaya, Maha
Phalguna SAkhaya, Sita sahitha Rama
vara pradhaya , Shad prayoga gama Pancha mukha veera hanuman
manthra jape viniyoga.
the chant of the valorous Hanuman with five faces along with six fold rituals ,
and worship the emissary of Rama, The son of Anjana,
The son of wind God, The very valorous hero, The one who removed the sorrow of
Sita, The one who was the cause of burning of Lanka, The one who is well known
as very powerful, The one who is the friend of Arjuna, One who assumes the
tumultuous universal form , One who crossed the seven oceans, One who has red
eyes, One who is greatly valorous, One who thought that the sun was a fruit, One
who reformed bad people, One who has firm sight, One who gave back life to army
of monkeys and Lord Lakshmana by bringing the Sanjeevini mountain, one who broke the ten headed one, one
who is close to Rama, One who is a great friend of Arjuna and One who gives boons along with Rama and
Om Hari markata markataya bham
bham bham bham bham Voushat swaha
offering with the chant “Hari markata markataya bham
bham bham bham bham Voushat”
Om Hari markata
markataya pham pham pham pham pham phat swaha
offering with the chant “Om Hari markata markataya pham
pham pham pham pham phat”
Om Hari markata markataya lum
lum lum lum lum Akarshitha sakala
sampath karaya swaha
offering with the chant “Hari markata markataya
lum lum lum lum lum” with a prayer to attract all types of
Om Hari markata markataya Dham
Dham Dham Dham Dham Shatru Sthmbanaya swaha
offering with the chant “Hari markata markataya Dham
Dham Dham Dham Dham” with a prayer to benumb
all our enemies
Om tam tam tam tam tam Koorma moorthate Pancha mukha veera Hanumathe para yanthra para thanthrouchadanaya swaha
offering with the chant “Om tam tam tam tam tam Koorma moorthaye (God in form of
Pancha mukha veera Hanumathe (five faced valorous Hanuman) “ protect
me from others manthra as well as Thanthra
Om kam kham gam gham ngam cham cham jam jham gnam tam tham dam dham nam , tham ththam dham dhdham nam pam pham bam bham mam sam sham sam ham lam ksham swaha
offering with all consonants of Deva nagari script
Ithi dig bhanda
tie all the directions
Om Poorva kapi mukhaya Pancha mukhaya Pancha mukha hanumathe tam tam tam tam tam sakala shatru samharanaya swaha
offering with”Om one who has monkey face in the east,
one who has five faces , One who is five faced Hanuman tam tam tam tam tam tam” with a prayer to kill all ones enemies
mukhaya Pancha mukha hanumathe karala vadanaya Narasimhaya
Om hraam hreem hroom hraim hroum hrah SAkala bhootha pretha dhamanaya
offering with “Om one who has the south face as the very
angry Narasimha among the five faces of Five faced Hanuman Om hraam hreem hroom hraim hroum hrah” with a prayer tocontrol all ghosts and spirits of dead
Om paschima mukhaya garudasanaya Pancha mukha
mam mam mam mam mam sakala visha haraya swaha
offering with “ Om the five
faced Hanuman with the face of Garuda in the
west mam mam mam mam mam” with a prayer to cure all poisons
Om Uthara mukhaya aadhi varahaya lam lam lam lam lam nrusimhaya neelakanta moorthaye Pancha mukha hanumathe swaha
offering with “ Om God with face of boar on the north side , lam lam lam lam lam , God Narasimha, God shiva
with the blue neck”
Om Urdhwa mukhaya haya
greevaya rum rum rum rum rum Rudhra moorthaye sakala prayojana nirvahakaya swaha
offering with “Om God with the face of Haya greeva at the top rum rum rum rum rum , God who is very angry”
with a prayer to manage all useful acts
Om Anjani suthaya , Vayu puthraya, Maha balaya , Sita soka nivaranaya , Sri Ramachandra krupa padukaya Maha veerya pramadhanaya, Brahmanda nathaya Kamadhaya Pancha mukha veera hanumathe swaha
offering with “Om son of Anjana, son of wind god,
Greatly valorous one, He who removed the sorrow of Sita , He who is the vehicle
of mercy of Lord Rama , He who is very valorous soldier of God, He who is the
lord of the universe, He who is desirable , he who is the five faced
Bhootha pretha pisacha Brahma Rakshasa sakini
dakinyanathareeksha graham para yanthra para thanthrochatanaya swaha
offering with a prayer to keep away ghosts dead souls, devils , Brahma rakshas, Sakini, Dakini ,and to prevent effects of the planets in the sky ,
evil created by thalismans , thanthra done by others and evil chants.
Sakala prayojana nirvahakaya Pancha veera hanumathe , Sri Ramachandra vara prasadaya jam jam jam jam jam swaha
offering with prayer to the five faced hanuman who manages all useful acts jam
jam jam jam jam , with a prayer for the
blessings of Lord Ramachandra.
Idham kavacham padithwa maha kavacham paden nara ,
Yeka varam japeth stotram sarva shathru nivaranam.
reading this followed by reading of the great armour,
period of one week would destroy all one’s enemies.
Dwivaram thu paden
nithyam puthra poutharabhi vardhanam,
Trivaram cha paden nithyam sarva sapath karam shubham.
for two weeks would increase the number of children and grand
for three weeks would bring all sorts of
Chathurvaram paden nithyam sarva roga nivaranam,
Pancha varam paden nithyam srava loka vasam karam,
for four weeks would cure all diseases,
for five weeks would make the entire world under our
Shadvaram cha paden nithyam Sarva deva vasam karam,
Saptha varam cha paden nithyam sarva soubhahya dhayakam. 18
for six weeks would put all gods under our
for seven weeks would give us all the world’s
Ashta varam paden nithyam ishta
Nava varam cha paden nithyam raja bhogamavapnuyath.
for eight weeks would fulfill all that we
for nine weeks would result in the pleasures of a
Dasa varam paden nihyam tri lokya jnana darsanam,
Rudra vruthir paden nithya, sarva sidhir bhaved dhruvam.
for ten weeks would get you all knowledge in all the three
for eleven weeks would definitely get you all, occult
Nirbhalo roga yukthascha maha vyadheedhi peeditham,
Kavacha smaranenaiva Maha balamapnuyath,
case of person who is weak , diseased or in clutches of
thought of this armour will give him great strength.
Ithi Sudarsana samhithayam Sri Ramachandra Sita proktha Sri
Pancha mukha Hanumath kavacham sampoornam.
the “armour of the five faced Hanuman” which occurs in Sudarasana Samitha and has been
told by Lord Rama at the request of Goddess Sita.