The small village roads and fields on either side make the roads very confusing as well as interesting.
We asked for directions and reached the temple.(At first glance temple looks like this)
The temple is unpretentious and we had no idea of its rich history! The architecture is so-so, but the temple is neat and tidy.
According to the legend, during the war between Ravana Brahma and Sri Rama,Anjaneya Swamy feared for the safety of Sri Rama and Lakshmana,as the rakshas under Ravana were said to be good at performing Maya,i.e. magical tricks. He built a fort-like structure with his flexible tail and hid both Rama and Lakshmana inside.
Mahiravana,Ravana’s maternal uncle,in the disguise of Vibheeshana, enters the fortress made by Anjaneya ,kidnaps Rama Lakshmana after transforming them into palm sized toys.He returns to his kingdom,Paathala Lanka! (which is an underground kingdom).
After finding out that both Rama Lakshmana were missing, Anjaneya starts for Pathala Lanka or Manimantha puram. (The Paathala Lanka is said to be adorned with precious stones,hence the other name).
There are only two ways to reach the said Paathala Lanka,one through the secret passage from Ravana’s own room and the other through the cave situated in dense forest. For obvious reasons,Anjaneya selects the second option,entering the kingdom through cave.
The opening of the cave is said to be near the present Panchamukhi temple. The landmark for the cave is the presence of huge boulders and a particular rock formation of Pushpaka Vimanam (or an aerial vehicle,shown here in the pic.The premises of the temple has many such rock formations.)
After finding the aerial vehicle Anjaneya took a brief break on a rock,since He had travelled all the way from Lanka to Panchamukhi in India. The resting place on which He rested is the pic below,which looks so much like a bed.(Bed made of rock that is!I somehow remember the Flinstones!Yaba daba doo!)