The story behind the Panchmukhi Avatar goes back to the battle between Lord Rama and King Ravana. Find more about it below:
1. Panchmukhi is a Sanskrit word, where Panch means Five and Mukhi mean Face. Thus, Panchmukhi means the one who has five faces.
2. During the battle between Rama and Ravana, Ravana was aided by the King of Patal Lok, Mahiravana.
3. Mahiravana took the form of the Vibhishana and kidnapped Lord Rama and his young brother, Lakshmana. He held them in the Patal Lok.
4. Mahiravana took the form of the Vibhishana and kidnapped Lord Rama and his young brother, Lakshmana. He held them in the Patal Lok.
5. During his quest, Hanumana discovered that Mahiravan’s life was contained in five lamps. Thus, to defeat Mahiravana, one had to extinguish each of these lamps.
6. But, there was a condition: all lamps must be extinguished at the same time for Mahiravana to die. Also, each of these lamps was kept in a different direction.
8. These 5 faces of Panchmukhi Hanuman were Hayagriva, Narasimha, Garuda, Varaha, and Hanumana himself.
9. Hayagriva (a horse face) walked to the upward direction. Narasimha (a lion face) moved to the South. Garuda (an eagle face) went to the West. Varaha (a boar face) was set for the North. Lastly, Hanuman (a monkey face) went in the East direction.
Our Indian Mythological Superhero, Hanumana, thus, with His Panchmukhi Incarnation was able to rescue Lord Rama and Lakshmana.