The (Hari) Vāyu Stuti is one of the most famous Stutis (poems) composed by Śri Trivikrama Panḍitācharya honoring Śri Madhvācārya, the founder of the Dvaita school of philosophy. Madhvas, or the followers of Sri Madhvacharya, know that Madhvacharya is the third incarnation of Lord Mukhyaprana, being the first incarnation or Vayu who is the main deity and the Vayu Stuti has been written recognizing this order of incarnation.

Legend has it that during daily pūja done by Śri Madhvācārya in the sanctum sanctorum of Udupi Sri Krishna temple behind closed doors, Trivikrama Panditacharya used to recite the Dvādaśa Stotra outside. The end of naivedya or ceremonial offering of food to the Lard was indicated by sounding of bells. However one day, Trivikrama Panditacharya got increasingly curious as the sound of bells was not heard even after a long time. He peeked through the door and to his utter amazement found Sri Madhva performing puja to Lord Shri Rama as Hanuman, to Lord Krishna as Bhimasena and to Lord Veda Vyasa as Madhvacharya. Overcome by Bhakti, he composed the Vayu Stuti and dedicated it to Madhvacharya.

The Vayu Stuti is composed of 41 shlokas. It is common to recite the Vayu Stuti by beginning and ending it with the Narasimha Nakha Stuti, a short two-paragraph composition by Śri Madhvācārya praising Lord Narasimha. It is said that when Trivikrama Panḍitācārya presented his work, Śri Madhvācārya insisted that the work should not be dedicated to him alone and instructed that Nakha Stuti must be chanted before and after the Vāyu Stuti.

See also