Today I managed to transliterate the Vayu Stuti of Trivikrama Panditacharya in Kannada script. You can download the same from the “Mantras” page.
The Vayu Stuti is also known as the “Hari Vayu Stuti” and is a great Stotra praising Mukhya Prana (Vayu) and the three avatars of Mukhya Prana viz Hanumanta, Bhima and Sri Madhva. It was composed by Sri Trivikrama Panditacharya. Trivikrama Pandita was a great Advaitic scholar and the chief scholar of the palace of King Jayasimha of Kasaragod (known then as Vishnumangala). Sri Madhva famously debated with him for 15 days and defeated him. Sri Trivikrama not only became a Madhva, but also turned to be a favorite student of Sri Madhvacharya.
The circumstances around the composition of the Vayu Stuti is also fascinating. Sri Madhvacharya had already established the Krishna Temple at Udupi and used to worship it himself. During Naivedya (ceremonial offering of food to the Lord), the santum sanctorum used to be covered. Only Sri Madhva would be inside and the others would wait outside chanting the Dvadasha Stotras. After a while, when the procedure was complete, Sri Madhva would ring the bell indicating that it was time for Aarathi.
One day, in spite of a very long wait, the bell did not ring. People outside got anxious and finally requested Trivikrama Pandita to have a look inside. When Trivikrama Pandita did so, he was stunned. He had a vision of the three avatars of Mukhya Prana – Hanumanta, Bhima and Sri Madhva simultaneously worshipping Lord Rama, Lord Krishna and Lord Veda Vyasa respectively. Trivikrama Pandita got into a trance like state and instantly starting composing the Vayu Stuti.
When the Vayu Stuti was complete, he presented the same to Sri Madhva. The greatness of Sri Madhva was that he truly practiced what he preached. While he greatly appreciated the Stuti, he pointed out a mistake in the same. He noted that the Stuti was completely in praise of Vayu and not a lot of praise of Lord Vishnu was present. He therefore instantly composed the short, 2-para Narasimha Nakha Stuti and instructed that whenever anyone recited the Vayu Stuti, it had to be started and ended with the Narasimha Nakha Stuti. This custom is strictly followed to-date.
The Narasimha Nakha Stuti is a short stuti praising the finger-nails of Lord Narasimha. Sri Madhva, in his entire philosophy, has highlighted the infinite greatness of Vishnu and pointed out that the others are incomparably inferior to him. The Nakha Stuti is once again testimony to that principle. The entire 41 verses of Vayu Stuti praises various capabilities, attributes and greatness of Vayu. And Sri Madhva placed the Nakha Stuti above it. All it does is praise the finger-nails of Vishnu!!
I hope many of you download and benefit from the pdf. Corrections are always welcome.