The shloka of Yanthroddharaka Hanuman
Namami Dootham Ramasya Sukhadam cha Suradrumam
Peenevritha Mahabaahum Srva Shathru Nivaranam
Naanaaratna Samayukta kundaladi Virajitam
Sarvadaabheesta Dhataram Satham vy drida Mahave
Vaasinam Chakratheerthasya Dakshinastham Girousadha
Thungaambhodi Tharangasya Vathena Parishobhithe
Naana Desha Gatheih Sadbhihi sevyamaanam Nripothamaihi
Dhoopa Deepadhi Neivedyaha Panchakaadhyascha
Bhajaami Sri Hanumantham Hemakaanthi Samaprabham
Vyasatheertha Yatheendranam Poojitham Pranidhanathaha
Thrivaaram Yah Patennithyam Sthothram Bhakthya
Putrarthi Labhathe Putra Yashorthi Labhathe Yashaha
Vidhyaarthi Labhathe Vidhyam Dhanaarhti Labhathe
Sarvatha Maasthu Sandeho Harihi Sakshath Jagathpathihi
Yah Karothyathra Sandeham Sayathi Narakam Dhruvam
Ithi Sri Vyasaraja Theertha Virachitha Yanthroddharaka
Hanumath Sthothram Sampoornam,
There are many slokas and prayers to Hanuman or Maruti.
He is today one of the most popular gods of India and we can fond temples consecrated to him all over the country.
However, this sloka is unique as it was composed by Vyasaraja or Vyasatheertha (1480-1539), the previous avatar of Raghavendra Swamy.
Vyasaraja was the Rajaguru of six Vijayanager Emperors, including Krishna Deva Raya (1509-1529). He was also responsible for singlehandedly consecrating 732 idols of Hanuman.
The first idol of Hanuman he consecrated was the Yantrodharaka Hanuman at Chakratheertha in Hampi or Vijayanagar. This is supposed to be one of the most powerful Hanuman idols and it is believed that it was to this idol that Purandara Dasa’s son, Madhwapathi Dasa, fed food everyday.
Raghavendra Swamy visited Chakratheertha enroute to Nava Brindavana. He prayed to the Yantrodharaka Hanuman and performed pooje.
Krishva Avadootaru, an ardent disciple of Raghavendra Swamy, spent years in a cave near this idol and Rayaru finally gave him darshan in person here.
This small sloka is very powerful and Vyasaraja himself has stated that if one utters this thrice a day for three weeks, his problems would be solved.
Even today, the Yantrodharaka Hanuman exists in Hampi. It is near the magnificent VijayaVittalaTemple. The Brindavana of Narahari Theertha, one of the four direct disciples of Madhwacharya, is located a little away.
It is generally believed that Vyasa Raja had his ashrama or house nearby. The house was gutted when the Muslim Kingdoms of the Deccan defeated Vijayangar in the battle of Rakasa Tangadi or Talikota in 1565 and sacked Hampi.
The house where Purandara Dasa and Kanaka Dasa lived too was in and around Chakratheertha. Today, there is no sign of that and Hampi is just a city of ruins. In fact, it is the largest open air museum in the world.