Sri MadhwaVijaya

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Madhwa Vijaya or "The story of the victory of Madhwa" is a biography of the great Dvaita philosopher Sri Madhwacharya. It is authored by Sri Narayana Panditacharya, who was the son of Sri Trivikrama Panditacharya, one of the direct disciples of Madhwacharya. Sri Trivikrama Panditacharya was a famous advaita exponent of his time and converted himself to the Madhwa faith after disputation with Sri Madhwacharya himself for 7–8 days in Kasargod of Kerala. He is also the author of the famous "Vayu Stuti" which is recited by all devote Madhvas, daily, till date.

MadhwaVijaya is a Sanskrit work and is composed of 16 sargas or cantos. It starts with a description of the first two Avatars of Vayu, namely Hanuman and Bhima. It then proceeds to describe the life of Sri Madhwa, who is considered the third avatar. MadhwaVijaya contains detailed descriptions of various incidents of Sri Madhwa's life and is the only authentic source of information about Madhwacharya that exists. Sri Narayana Panditacharya was a contemporary of Sri Madhwa which greatly adds to the authenticity of the work. The work contains many personal and intimate details of Sri Madhwacharya's daily routine.[1]

MadhwaVijaya is a Maha Kavya and its style meets all the requirements of a Maha Kavya of Sanskrit Literature. MadhwaVijaya has several commentaries written on it which greatly helps the understanding of the Maha Kavya. Sri Narayana Panditacarya himself has written a commentary on his Maha Kavya MadhwaVijaya. This commentary is called Bhava Prakashika. This is a very useful commentary because the poet himself gives the Kannada and Tulu names of several persons who are a part of Sri Madhwacharya's Biography and the places which Sri Madvacarya has visited. In the Kavya these names are Sanskritised. The next oldest commentary on MadhwaVijaya is by Sri Vedanga Tirtha, one of the saints of the Sode Mutt. This commentary is called Padartha Dipika. Another commentary which in also in vogue is the "Padartha Dipikodbodhika" of Sri Vishwapati Tirtha of Pejavara Mutt. "Mandopakarini" of Sri Chalari Sheshacharya is also quite popular. All the commentaries are in print. Sri MadhwaVijaya has also been recited by many artists, such as Sri Vidhyabooshana.

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