Ashta Mukha Ganda Bherunda- The most special and unknown form of Lord Narasimha
Narasimha’s blazing fury reached its peak, and he took the form of Ashtamukha Gandabherunda Narasimha – The 8 faces are: 1] Twin-headed Ganda Bherunda facing East, 2] Adi Jvala Narasimha facing South East, 3] Maha Vyaghra facing South, 4] Hayagriva facing South West, 5] Adi Varaha facing West, 6] Aghora Vaanarendra facing North West, 7] Maha Garuda facing North and 8] Bhalluka facing North East.
Let us try to briefly look at each of the faces of Ashtamukha Ganda Bherunda Narasimha
1] The twin-headed Ganda Bherunda – A powerful two-headed bird with, fearful rows of teeth, black in complexion, and with wide blazing wings that killed the mighty Sharaba.
6] Aghora Vaanarendra – This is the monkey face of the Lord, some people refer this face to be of Hanuman. while interpreting I will also consider this face to be Hanuman’s. Hanuman is Lord Shiva’s Rudra avatar and A ardent devotee of Lord Rama ( Incarnation of Vishnu), Hanuman is said to be the mightiest and most powerful warrior. Also, he is referred to as one of the immortals.
7] Maha Garuda– or the great Eagle, is the mount or vahana of the Lord Vishnu. Garuda is depicted as having the golden body of a strong man
The 3rd face Maha Vyagra and the 8th face Bhalluka (the bear face) are unidentifiable, as not much is mentioned about this special avatar of Ashta Mukha Ganda Narasimha. This form of lord also has the 9th face according to some sources. This 9th Hidden ninth face of the Lord sometimes referred to as Badabanala Mukha, refers to Adi Narayana and is visible to a realized ardent devotee of the lord.