@mmpandit @LightingMinds Yes Manish ji... For Dvaitins there is no bigger Stotra for Hanuman than Vayu Stuti. It is mantra-tulya and chanted with utmost shuchi.

I will tweet the story of its composition asap. It is fascinating.
@mmpandit @LightingMinds 1. Towards the end of Sri Madhwacharya's Avatara on Earth - one particular "meeting" had not yet taken place. It was due for a long time.
@mmpandit @LightingMinds 2. Sri Trivikrama Panditacharya was one of the most well known Vedanta scholars in the 13/14th century. He was the asthana-vidwan of the King/chieftain of Kasaragod/Kumble in Kerala and a staunch Advaitin.
@mmpandit @LightingMinds 3. His own brother Sri Shankara Panditacharya had accepted Sri Madhwacharya as his Guru and in fact he was his librarian. Due to this, it is said that Sri Trivikrama Panditacharya got access to Sri Madhwa's works and it aroused his curiosity.
@mmpandit @LightingMinds 4. When Sri Madhwa eventually visited the King of Kumble, a big debate took place between the two stalwarts. It lasted 15 days. In the end, Sri Trivikrama Panditacharya accepted Sri Madhwacharya's siddhanta and became a convert into his siddhanta.
@mmpandit @LightingMinds 5. He has composed many works elaborating/commenting on Sri Madhwa's Brahmasutra Bhashya and other works.
@mmpandit @LightingMinds 6. One day, Sri Madhwa was engaged in his daily puja and as was the custom, the door of the Puja Gruha/temple was closed for Naivedya samarpane. Sri Madhwa would ring the Ghanta (bell) after a few mins and the door would then be opened and mangalarati would follow.
@mmpandit @LightingMinds 7. On one particular day, no sound of the bell was heard. All the devotees waited a very long time. Yet no indication. Finally Sri Trivikrama Panditacharya took the courage and peeked inside.
@mmpandit @LightingMinds 8. He was astounded to have the divine vision of the three forms of Mukhyaprana worshipping the three forms of Paramatma. He is said to have witnessed Hanuman worshipping Rama, Bhima worshipping Krishna and Sri Madhwa worshipping Sri Vyasa.
@mmpandit @LightingMinds 9. Out of sheer ecstasy, Trivikrama Panditacharya composed the Vayu-Stuti. It contains 41 shlokas and praises Mukhyaprana and then his three Avataras - Hanuman, Bhima and Madhwa.
@mmpandit @LightingMinds 10. When he finally presented it to Sri Madhwa, the latter was extremely pleased with it but, in expression of his core philosophy, said that the praise of Vayu alone is not sufficient. He composed a short work called Narasimha Nakhastuti containing 2 shlokas.
@mmpandit @LightingMinds 11. Sri Madhwa mandated that the Vayu Stuti must be chanted with the Narasimha Nakhastuti in kavacha form i.e. at the beginning and at the end. This is a practice followed 100% of the times even today.
@mmpandit @LightingMinds 12. The Nakhastuti is actually a stuti praising the finger-nails of Narasimha. While it is true that there is absolutely no difference between the various body parts of Parabrahman, the purpose of praising his nails ....
@mmpandit @LightingMinds 13. ....is also to show the nearly infinite difference between Paramatma and Jeevas, even if that Jeeva is the greatest Mukhyaprana!!
@mmpandit @LightingMinds 14. Due to all this, the Vayu Stuti is held mantra tulya by Madhwas. It is one of the few shlokas in the Dharmic world using which Homa is performed and the shlokas of the Vayu Stuti are used as mantras to offer havis to Vayu! That is how important a place it is given!!

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