Panchamukhi Hanuman's avatar is believed to be one of the
gigantic (Virat) forms of Lord Hanuman. The majestic faces of Lord Anjaneya
face different directions and each of the face belongs to five different gods.
In Ramayana, Ahiravana, the chief of Patala (netherworld) disguised as
Vibhishana and kidnapped Lord Rama and Lakshman. Lord Hanuman learned that the
soul of this demon rested in the five candles, so to extinguish those five
candles, Hauman took Panchmukhi's roop with each face in a different direction
and together all the faces blew those candles, hence destroying Ahiravana and
saving Lord Rama and Lakshman from his custody.
This superfine marble sculpture of Panchmukhi Hanuman beautifully depicts the actual form of Hanuman with the center face positioned eastwards as that of Lord Hanuman himself. It is said that worshipping Hanuman can get a person rid of all the sins and achieve success, purity, happiness, and peace in life. The lion face of Lord Narasimha (Vishnu avatar) faces southwards, carved here in a perfect face cut circumference with golden-hued hair; worshipping him is a way to achieve victory and fearlessness. The one towards the right of Hanuman's faces in this sculpture is that of Lord Garuda, looking towards the west; offering protection from negative influences, black magic, and evil spirits. One next to Garuda is that of Lord Adivaraha (boar manifestation), who faces north and removes the bad effects of planetary movements, hence promoting wealth and prosperity. The last one in the extreme right is Lord Hayagriva (horse-faced) and looks upwards, blessing the devotees of knowledge, progeny, and liberation.
The features of all the faces are amazingly carved in apt expressions and the Panchmukhi Hanuman sculpture is depicted as seated in respect on a thin marble pedestal and carries all the iconic weapons of destruction with the anterior-most right hand, postured in Abhaya mudra. Lord is adorned in marvelous gold jewels and flower garland along with the supremely gold crowned heads, forming the large divine aureole at the back. The bright color play of pink, blue and red garbs adds an eye-catchy feature to this Panchmukhi Hanuman marble sculpture.
How to clean and maintain marble statues?
Marble has been a preferred material for sculptors and artists for more than a thousand years. It is a rock that undergoes metamorphism which causes recrystallization of the original carbonate mineral grains. Marble comes in various colors, designs, and dimensions. Pure white marble is the most preferred type of marble for making sculptures and statues since time immemorial. White marble is especially used for sculpting stone monumental sculptures since ancient times. The natural shine and luster of the carbonate crystals of white marble give a lavish and beautiful appearance to the statue.
Marble stone statues are highly durable and can even withstand harsh weather conditions without getting corroded, therefore, they can be kept indoors or outdoors without getting damaged or weathered. Although these statues can last for many decades, their regular care and cleaning are essential to increase their longevity and beautiful appearance.
Marble statues need periodical cleaning to maintain their flawless look. However, harsh and deep cleaning can result in making the statue look dull. If your marble statue is withering away, it is recommended to take the help of a professional cleaner. Marble is a delicate material and therefore needs proper care.
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