Oh Lord HayagrIvA! Please bless me to join the mighty battlef ields of contests, where very learned vidvAns serve as mediators (madhyasthars) of debate between contestants! Please bless me to win over those who belong to para mathams, who use their tricks (yukthis) to advance their points! Please bless me with the power of Veda Vaak to establish the truth! Oh Lord! You must grant me this boon of Veda Vaak to be used in Your service! To succeed in my efforts to defend and protect our siddhAntham (Parama Vaidhika Matham), Thou should occupy the tip of my tongue as Your throne!
In the previous slOkam, Swamy Desikan prayed for the boon of mastery over sweet words in his speech; here, he prays for the power in his speech to win in debates with master poets and logicians (kavi Taarkika IndrAn). Sri Dindukkal Ramaswamy Iyengar mentions that many speakers at public assembly recite this and previous slOkams prior to their speeches and debates to secure Lord HayagrIvan’s grace. The power to succeed in VaakyArthA debates with rival siddhAnthins is the prayer here. For such success, Swamy Desikan realizes that the presence of Lord HayagrIva on the tip of his tongue is essential and therefore he invites the Lord to sit on a throne that he sets up for Him there (JihvAgra SimhAsanam abhyupEyA: ).
To be continued…