Thursday, 13 March 2014

Lord Hanuman killing Mahiravana

This image depicts the story of Lord Hanuman carrying Lord Ram and Lakshman while rescuing them from the demon Mahiravana.During Ramayana war Mahiravan brother of Ravana and the magician demon kidnapped Lord Ram and Lakshmana. Mahiravana imprisoned Ram and Lakshman in his palace in Patala--the netherworld with intention to them as human sacrifice offer to his deity.

Lord Hanuman reaches Patala in search of the divine brothers where the gates were guarded by a creature known as Makardhwaja who was part reptile and part monkey. Makardhwaja is said to be son of Lord Hanuman born out of drop of sweat of Hanuman fell into the water while extinguishing his burning tail in the ocean. After knowing Lord Hanuman to be his father he first fought with Lord Hanuman as to fulfill his duty as guardian of the gate but latter asks his blessings

After defeating Makardhwaja Hanuman entered patal where he realizes that to kill Mahiravana, he has to extinguish five lamps burning in different directions simultaneously. Hanuman assumes the Panchamukha or five-faced form of Sri Varaha facing north, Sri Narasimha facing south, Sri Garuda facing west, Sri Hayagriva facing the sky and his own facing the east, and blows out the lamps. In this way Lord Hanuman rescues Lord Ram and Lakshmana and suggestion of Lord Ram, Hanuman crowned Makardhwaja as the king of Patala. Hanuman also instructs Makardhwaja to rule Patala with justice and wisdom.

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