The Mahamrityunjaya Mantra is considered to be one of the most significant mantras in Hinduism. Dedicated to Lord Shiva, it holds special significance as it is said that chanting the Mahamrityunjaya mantra can help a person achieve victory over death.
This mantra is also known as Rudra mantra as it invokes the fiercest form of Lord Shiva - Rudra. It also finds mention in the Rigveda and Yajurveda as the Trymbakam Mantra as it refers to the “three-eyed-one” - a description of Lord Rudra.
As per Hindu mythology, the Mahamrityunjaya mantra is said to be the conqueror of death. Due to this reason, it also goes by the name of Sanjeevani Mantra as it can revive a dying person and restore them to life.
It is believed that chanting Mahamrityunjaya Mantra on a regular basis can enhance the health of a person on a physical, mental and emotional level. With the help of this mantra, you can gain a healthy and long life.
Through this mantra, you pray to Lord Shiva to ward off the evil forces that surround you and thus, protect you from any mishap. According to Hindu mythology, there are two most important mantras that are chanted by millions of devotees all over the world. These are the Mahamrityunajaya mantra as well as the Gayatri mantra.
Both the mantras are chanted to elevate the spiritual awareness of a person and bring about a transformation in his/her personality. The Gayatri mantra purifies the soul and guides one to follow the path of spirituality. On the other hand, the Mahamrityunjaya mantra can lead to inner healing and revitalization of the reciter.
There is a certain protocol that is to be followed while chanting the Mahamrityunjaya mantra. First of all, you must take a bath and cleanse yourself. Then wear clean clothes and keep a shiv lingam in front of you before starting the mantra chanting. Using the rudraksha Jaap mala will prove to be highly beneficial as well.
The early morning hours (4 AM - 6 AM) is the best time to chant this mantra. It is very important to chant it with utmost devotion and sincerity. You may also apply bhasma, kumkum or Chandan to please Lord Shiva and then close your eyes to concentrate on the area in the middle of your eyebrows - the point where the third eye resides.
The mantra can be chanted 9 times a day at different times such as before leaving the house, while taking medicines, before going to bed and so on. If you give up non-vegetarian food and then chant the mantra then it will prove to have additional advantages for you.
The most important thing is to feel the vibrations produced while chanting the mantra because the reverberating effects of these sounds have a lasting impact on your inner consciousness. Next comes the meaning of the mantra that can help you develop faith in the powers of the Mahamrityunjaya mantra.
“Om Try-Ambakam Yajaamahe
Mrtyor-Mukssiiya Maa-[A]mrtaat ”
Mahamrityunjaya Mantra in Sanskrit
“ॐ त्र्यम्बकं यजामहे
सुगन्धिं पुष्टिवर्धनम् ।
मृत्योर्मुक्षीय मामृतात् ॥”
The Mahamrityunjaya Mantra literally translates as: “I pray to the three-eyed Lord Shiva who has a sweet fragrance and a spiritual essence. He is the one who nourishes our body and strengthens our soul and thus, increases our life span. Oh Lord, my soul is just like a fruit bound by the entangled branches (diseases) of the tree (body). Please liberate me from the shackles of death and bless me with the nectar of immortality.”
Chanting the Mahamrityunjaya mantra is said to heal the inner self of a person that ultimately leads to their growth and development. It also protects them from troubled times and guides them to the path of salvation.
There are many benefits of chanting the Mahamrityunjaya Mantra as mentioned below:
It restores your health and helps you develop inner peace. It also brings contentment and happiness to your life.
Whenever there are times that you feel low and discouraged, then reciting this mantra can motivate you to clear all the obstacles that come your way.
By regularly chanting this mantra, you may get rid of fear, diseases, infertility and untimely death.
It helps in overcoming monetary troubles and guides you to the path of success.
The mantra can be chanted around someone who is ill as its vibrations create a divine atmosphere that will ward off any kind of negativity that may hamper the health of the person.