This death-conquering mantra is considered extremely significant and powerful in the Hindu tradition. It is also known as the moksha mantra (moksha literally translates as liberation) of Lord Shiva and chanting of this mantra is said to create divine vibrations that heals.
Devotees of Lord Shiva further consider that this Sanskrit mantra evokes the Mahadeva Shiva within human beings and removes the fear of death (thanatophobia, another name for fear of death), liberating one from the cycle of death and rebirth (Samsara). Lord Shiva is acknowledged as ”tryambakam,” which translates as ”the three-eyed one,” due to the fact that his 3rd-eye (or ajna chakra) has been “opened” by the powers of profound meditation and penance.
More importantly, this healing mantra is connected with Rishi Vashishta – one of the Saptarishis. He is mentioned as the son of MitraVaruna and Urvasi. Sage Vashishta is the author of Mandala 7 in Rigveda (sacred Vedic Sanskrit hymns). He in his possession had the divine cow Kamadhenu who could grant his owner with any wish.
Maha Mrityunjaya mantra lyrics in Sanskrit:
Om. Tryambhakam Yajamahe,
Mrityor Mukshiya Maamritat.
Moksha Mantra translation in English:
„Om. We worship the three-eyed One (Mahadeva) who is fragrant and who nourishes all beings; may He completely liberate me from death, for the sake of Immortality, even as the cucumber is severed from its bondage.”
Maha Mrityunjaya mantra meaning on syllables:
- Oṁ = is a sacred syllable in Sanatan Dharma.
- Tryambhakam is „one who has 3 eyes” referring to Shiva or Rudra who share the same characteristics and attributes.
- Yajamahe = we worship, adore, honour, revere you.
- Sugandhim = sweet smelling, the fragrant (spiritual Essence).
- Pusti = a well-nourished condition, thriving, prosperous, fullness of life.
- Vardhanam = this word represents the one who nourishes, strengthens or restores.
- Urvarukamiva = like the cucumber, here ”vishal” literally translates as powerful, big, potent, or deadly.
- Bandhanat =means bound down, Bondage ‘I am bound down just like a cucumber’.
- Mrtyuor = physical death.
- Mukshiya = liberation.
- Maa = not.
- Amrta = immortal.
Chanting Maha Mrityunjaya mantra benefits:
Daily recitation of Moksha mantra rejuvenates, bestows health and happiness, long life, abundance, wealth, peace, prosperity, and contentment.The nourishing and healing forces enter the human body (here we understand the human body as a whole – physical, mental, emotional, energetical and karmic) through foods, supportive emotions, medicines, healing energy and encouraging thoughts.
Moreover, it is said that this pacifying mantra when is chanted by a few Rishis and advanced meditators, could slow down the effects of the immortal curse. Following which Lord Shiva placed Chandra, a lunar god and a Graha, on his head.
Additionally, the mantra attracts these forces and creates an inner space to enhance and improve their effectiveness. Have complete faith and dedication and Lord Shiva is there to protect you.
If you are suffering from any ailments or diseases, this potent mantra will help, plus it helps in prolonging life and the quality of life.