The Panchamukhi hanuman temple is a small temple approximately three km from the Ramanathaswamy Temple in the temple town of Rameswaram. It is believed that during Ramayana, the Rama Sethu was built all the way to Sri Lanka right from Ramesawaram. Rama’s vanarsena, army of monkeys threw stones with Sree Rama written on it. It is believed that the stones floated instead of drowning in the ocean.
One of the legends says that, while on their way to Lanka, Rama and his brother Lakshmana were abducted by Ahiravana, Ravana’s brother and he hid them in heel (patal lok). Ahiravana was a demon who could be killed only if five oil lamps, kept in five different were extinguished at the same time. In order to rescue Rama and Lakshmana, Hanuman took four other forms himself facing the east, Narasimha facing south, Garuda facing west, Varaha facing south and Hayagriva facing the sky. As soon as he extinguished the oil lamps, he rescued Rama and Lakshmana.
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To this day, this Hanuman temple has stones and rocks kept in water that don’t drown in the water, despite being pushed inside. Some of the stones kept in the temple premises are said to weigh more than 10 kg.
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