Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra
Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra

Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra

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.

Lyrics of the Mantra

|| Om Trayambakam Yajaamahe Sugandhim Pushtivardhanam
Oorvarukamiva Bandhanaan Mrityor-Mokshiyamaamrutaat ||

Meaning of the Mantra

|| Om Trayambakam Yajaamahe
Sugandhim Pushtivardhanam
Oorvarukamiva Bandhanaan
Mrityor-Mokshiyamaamrutaat ||
Bless me, Oh Divine Three-Eyed One, the unstoppable force of the Universe,
The One who is the aroma of the soul, and who nourishes the spirits of all beings.
From the web of bondage that holds us captive like cucumbers entangled in their creepers, 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.
For a more thorough explanation of the mantra, look here:
Om : Is not spelt out in the Rig-Veda, but has to be added to the beginning of all Mantras.
Trayambakam : Refers to the Three eyes of Lord Shiva. 'Trya' means 'Three' and 'Ambakam' means eyes
Yajaamahe : Means, "We sing Thy praise".
Sugandhim : Refers to his fragrance (of knowledge, presence and strength i.e. three aspects
Pushtivardhanam : Pooshan refers to Him as the sustainer of this world and in this manner, He is the Father of all.
Pooshan is also the inner impeller of all knowledge and is thus Savitur or the Sun and also symbolizes Brahma the Omniscient Creator.
Oorvarukamiva :'Oorva' means big and powerful or deadly. 'Arukam' means 'Disease'. Thus Oorvaruka means deadly and overpowering diseases.
Bandhanaan : Means bound down. Thus read with Oorvarukamiva, it means 'I am bound down by deadly and overpowering diseases'.
Mrityor-Mokshiya : Means to deliver us from death (both premature death in this Physical world and from the
neverending cycle of deaths due to re-birth) for the sake of Mokshya (Nirvana or final emancipation from re-birth).
Maamrutaat : Means 'please give me some Amritam (life rejuvenating nectar).

Variations of the Mantra

The mantra you provided, known as the Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra, is also sometimes called the Rudra Mantra or the Tryambakam Yajamahe Mantra. The interpretation of this shloka remains unchanged in terms of mantra meaning.
The variations in names are often associated with different aspects of Lord Shiva, to whom the mantra is dedicated. The primary names for this mantra are:
  1. Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra: This is the most common name and is widely recognized.
  1. Rudra Mantra: Referring to the aspect of Shiva as Rudra, the fierce and destructive form.
  1. Tryambakam Yajamahe Mantra: Referring to the three-eyed aspect of Shiva, the "Tryambakam" meaning "three-eyed."

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Benefits of the Mantra

The Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra holds several benefits for the mind of both the chanter and the listener.
Listening to this inspiring Shiva mantra along with meditation helps you in the following ways.
Benefit 1 - Beats 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 2 - Improves focus
When practiced with a strong intention, the sounds of the mantra can help the mind to shift focus from physical mortality
Benefit 3 - Increases healing
With enhanced awareness, your physical health is nurtured and improved

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.