Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra - Lyrics, Meaning, Benefits, Download

Learn everything about this Shiva mantra that is known to help you overcome the fear of death

The Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra is an intense Shiva chant, also known as the Rudra mantra or Trayambakam mantra.

Invoking Shiva in his fiercest form, Rudra, this is one of the most powerful mantras to overcome the fear of death and aging.

This mantra instills courage and willpower in those on their recovery journey from illness or past pain.

Maha Mrityunjaya mantra is part of the Ancient Healing Chants of Shiva album.

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History of the mantra

This mantra finds its roots in the earliest of all Indian Vedas, the Rig Veda. It is also found in two other Vedas: Atharva Veda and Yajur Veda.

According to Hindu mythology, this mantra was chanted by a young devotee Markandeya, who feared for his life.

The brilliant young boy was born as a boon from Lord Shiva. However, the pre-condition was his life was to be short.

Through the power of his penance and this mantra, Markandeya is said to have moved Lord Shiva's heart.

Even when the God of Death came to carry him away, the power of his devotion kept him from submitting to death.

This legend is what makes the Maha Mrityunjaya (the death-defeating mantra) a common chant for the health and longevity of oneself and one's loved ones.

Lyrics of the Mantra

Om Trayambakam Yajaamahe
Sugandhim Pushtivardhanam
Oorvarukamiva Bandhanaan
Mrityor-Mokshiyamaamrutaat

Meaning of the Mantra

The verse-by-verse meaning of this mantra is as follows:

Line 1 :
Om Trayambakam Yajaamahe

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Meaning :
Bless me, Oh Divine Three-Eyed One, the unstoppable force of the Universe


Line 2 :
Sugandhim Pushtivardhanam

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Meaning :
The One who is the aroma of the soul, and who nourishes the spirits of all beings


Line 3 :
Oorvarukamiva Bandhanaan

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Meaning :
From the web of bondage that holds us captive like cucumbers entangled in their creepers


Line 4 :
Mrityor-Mokshiyamaamrutaat

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Meaning :
Bless me, so I may achieve self-awareness and salvation from the fear of death and death itself (Mrityu's literal meaning is death). And achieve the immortality of spirit.


Benefits of listening to Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra

The Maha Mrityunjaya mantra invokes Rudra, the fiercest manifestation of Shiva.

Shiva is also a representation of the ultimate and supreme consciousness of the universe. It holds several benefits for the mind of both the chanter and the listener.

Listening to this mantra along with meditation helps you in the following ways.

Benefit 1 - Relieves fear
The mantra relieves the mind of constant fear of death and unfortunate accidents.

Benefit 2 - Self-awareness
It enhances your self-awareness making you more responsive rather than reactive

Benefit 3 - Better health
With enhanced awareness, your physical health is nurtured and improved

Benefit 4 - Beat fear of death
Practicing meditation with the sounds of this mantra helps us gain power over our darkest fears of harm or the untimely death of human life

Benefit 5 - Better focus
When practiced with a strong intention, the sounds of the mantra can help the mind to shift focus from physical mortality

Benefit 6 - Tap into cosmic energy
It guides you to the eternal non-physical energy that resides within your internal universe

These are the primary benefits of Mrityunjaya Mantra. It has also been known to remove physical pain, and rejuvenate your body.

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