This is an exquisite brass plaque of the 5 headed Lord Hanuman or Panchmukhi mounted on black silk inside a god finish frame handcrafted by artisans from South of India.
The origin of Panchamukhi Hanuman can be traced to Ramayana where during the war between Lord Rama and Ravana, Ravana took help of Mahiravanka who is the king of Pathala.
When Mahiravana took the form of Vibeeshana and took Lord Ram and Lakshman to pathala loka, Hanuman entered the place in search of Rama and Lakshmana and discovered that to kill Mahiravana he had to extinguish five lamps burning in five different directions at the same time.
Hence, he took the Panchamukhi form with Hanuman, Hayagriva, Narasimha,Garuda and Varaha faces and extinguished the lamps at the same instant and finally killed Mahiravana.
The significance of the five faces of the Hanuman as per mythology are as follows:
1. East facing Anjaneya to grant humanity Ishta Siddhi.
2. South facing Karala Ugraveera Narasimha to grant humanity Abhista Siddhi.
3. West facing Mahaveera Garuda to grant humanity Sakala Sowbhagya.
4. North facing Lakshmi Varaha to grant humanity Dhana Prapthi.
5. Urdhva Mukha (atop) being Hayagriva to grant humanity Sarva Vidya Jaya Prapthi.
Frame : 40 cm x 26 cm
The brass plaque measures 17 cm x 13 cm
Weight: 1.15 kilograms.