The Vaishnavas evolved a syncretic form of Hanuman with five heads and ten arms, incorporating in the composite image five important Vaishnavite deities: At the center a monkey's face (Hanuman). A lion's visage representing Narasimha gazing southwards. An eagle's head symbolizing Garuda facing west. A boar head of Varaha (north). A horse's face for Hayagriva (facing the sky). Each head signifies a particular trait. Hanuman courage and strength, Narasimha fearlessness, Garuda magical skills and the power to cure snake bites, Varaha health and exorcism and Hayagriva victory over enemies.
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