Panchamukhi Hanuman - Varanasi Woodcraft
Panchamukhi Hanuman is an unique woodcraft from the holy city of Varanasi, India.
A new addition to our Panchmukhi series is the wood crafted Hanuman. As the name suggests this idol depicts Marut Nandan with five faces. This is an extremely potent form of the invincible Hanuman. Praying to Panchmukhi Hanuman brings prosperity, health and helps devotees to overcome obstacles and become fearless.
The five faces of this form are (R to L) Hayagriva, Narasimha, Hanuman, Garuda and Varaha. Three of these faces belong to Avatars of Lord Vishnu viz Hayagriva, Narasimha and Varaha. Hence, this idol is an amalgamation of the powers of Lord Vishnu and Hanuman, hence the potency. This is a Tantric representation of Hanuman.
The Hanuman Face is to the east. It grants a pure mind and success.
The Narasimha Face is to the south. It bestows victory and fearlessness.
The Garuda Face is to the west. It removes the ill effects of black magic and poisons.
The Varaha face is to the north. It blesses devotees with wealth and prosperity.
The Hayagriva face is towards the sky. It gives superior knowledge and good progeny.
In the Ramayana:
Our beloved Hanuman transmutes into this potent form in order to vanquish Mahiravana (Lord of Patala) and rescue Lord Rama and Laxmana. Mahiravana abducts Rama and Laxmana at the behest of Ravana and brings them to his world in order that Ravana may win the epic battle of Lanka. Mahiravana could only be overcome if the 5 lamps holding his life - in 5 different directions - could be extinguished simultaneously. Hanuman assumes the Panchmukhi form and extinguishes the lamps simultaneously and successfully rescues his cherished Lord Rama and Laxmana.
Imperfections and variations in the product cannot be termed as defects, as these are intrinsic to the handmade process.
Colors in the photograph may vary from the actual product due to studio lighting.
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About Varanasi Wood and Lacquerware
Indian wooden toys have a timeless tradition. They have been the beacons that have guided children into adulthood since ancient times. Vibrant colours, smooth lacquer finish, soft and supple wood, impeccable craftsmanship – these are some of the attributes of the craft practised by artisans who make the Varanasi Wood and Lacquerware products. Varanasi is fabled to be the oldest continuously inhabited city. This ancient lodestar has been guiding humanity both spiritually and philosophically for millennia. It is no surprise therefore that myriad arts and crafts have developed in this human melee called Varanasi.
The motifs used are mainly religious, cultural, flora and fauna, village life et al. The figurines depict Hindu gods and motifs from the great epics of Ramayana and Mahabharata. Different types of woods are used to make these toys; notably eucalyptus, sheesham, gulhar and kaima. The wood of preference was Coraiya (Keria); however due to a ban on felling of Coraiya trees, this type of wood is no longer in use. Each type of wood has innate characteristics that impart different qualities to the end product eg. Gulhar is used to make light weight toys as it is less dense. The colours used are all non-toxic and acrylic based poster colours. The lacquer finish is imparted using a lacquer stick. Lacquer is made from a natural plant sap that is treated, dyed and dried into sticks. This colouring technique imparts a very hard, durable and aesthetically pleasing surface finish to the end product.
|Origin State||Uttar Pradesh|
|Geographical Indication (GI)||Varanasi Wooden Lacquerware & Toys [ 457 ]|