Panchamukhi Vinayaka is a representation of the most loved Hindu God Ganesha having 5 faces. Pancha literally means five and mukhi means faced. This form of Ganesha is a representation of all forces. The most relevant meaning of the five-headed Ganesh is certainly that these heads symbolize the five layers of “Atman”- the inner self in the subtile anatomy.
Thus this form of Ganesha has a very deep inner meaning. The Panchamukhi Ganesha is very popular in Southern India. Worshiping Panchamukhi Vinayaka helps the devotee in spiritual attainment of Anandamaya Kosha, the Pure Consciousness. The five-headed Ganesha is also known as Heramba Ganpati particularly in Nepal. This form is important in Tantric worship of Ganesha. ✨In the Sri Ganesha Purana, Ganesha is described in each Yuga ;
1- Kruta Yuga – Ganesha appeared with 10 hands and is sitting on a Lion (indicating that Lord Ganesha appeared as Adi Parashakti with 10 hands), as Heramba. The Mudgala Purana mentions Heramba Ganapati as one of the thirty-two names of Ganesha. The Skanda Purana lists that Heramba Vinayaka as one of the 56 Vinayakas in Varanasi. Heramba also figures as Ganesha's names in Brahma Vaivarta Purana, the Padma Purana and the Cintyagama. Heramba is also used as an epithet of Ganesha in the Ganesha Purana. The Brahma vaivarta Purana explains the meaning of Heramba: the syllable he denotes helpnessless or weakness, while ramba is protection of the weak, to save them from harm; thus Heramba means the "Protector of the weak". 2- Treta Yuga – Ganesha appeared with 6 hands sitting on a peacock, as Vinayaka.
3- Dwapara Yuga – Ganesha appeared with 4 hands and with an elephant face, as Gajanana.
4- Kali Yuga – Ganesha appeared with 2 hands, a white body and with the radiance of the white rays of Sun, as Gajanana. ✨Bhagiratha worshipped Ganesha in order to bring Ganga onto the earth.
Lord Indra worshipping Ganesha before starting the battle with Vitrasura.
Sri Rama worshipped Ganesha before going to battle with Ravanasura. ✨🐘✨