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Mahamrityunjaya Mantra

Mahamrityunjaya Mantra is the great death-conquering mantra, also known as the Tryambakam mantra , is a verse from the Rigveda. This Tryambaka is addressed to the Trinity One, the epithet of Rudra (later associated with Shiva). 

This verse also appears in Yajurveda. Along with the Gayatri Mantra, it is the most widely known mantra of contemporary Hinduism. The great mantra dedicated to Shiva as Mrityunjaya is found in the Rigveda. This is called the Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra, the conqueror of death.

Significance of Mahamrityunjaya Mantra

Mahamrityunjaya mantra is also known as the Triyambaka Mantra. According to many, chanting the mantra releases a string of vibrations that realigns the physical body ensuring maintenance and restoration of good health.

This mantra has many names and forms.

  • It is called the Rudra Mantra, alluding to the fiery aspect of Shiva;
  • Tryambakam mantra, referring to the three eyes of Shiva and sometimes referred to as the Mrit -Sanjeevani mantra Known as this because it is a component of the “life-restoring” lore imparted to the archaic sage Shukra after completing rigorous penance.
  • The sages and sages have called the Maha Mrityunjaya mantra the heart of the Vedas.
  • Among the many mantras used for contemplation and meditation, this mantra occupies the highest position along with the Gayatri mantra.

Method of Chanting Mahamrityunjaya Mantra-

108 Chants On A RosaryIt is prescribed to chant the Mahamrityunjaya Mantra 108 times. Many people chant the mantra on a Rudraksha rosary which consists of 108 beads that are used to count the number of chants of this powerful manta.

The numbers ‘1’, ‘0’ and ‘8’ separately signify ‘oneness’, ‘nothingness’ and ‘everything’ respectively. Together, they depict the ultimate reality of the universe- that it is one, empty and infinite, all at once.

The Vedic Mathematical explanation of the number ‘108’ is associated with the distance of the Sun and the Earth and also the Earth and the Moon which is 108 times the diameter of the Sun and the Moon respectively.

In Hindu line of faith, there are also 108 Upanishads, the treatises.Almost all powerful mantras are chanted 108 times. Hence, chanting the Mahamrityunajaya Mantra 108 times has been prescribed to surround your system with the protection of Shiva’s energy, the most powerful energy.

Mahamrityunjaya mantra in Sanskrit

महामृत्युंजय मंत्र- ॐ त्र्यम्बकं यजामहे सुगन्धिं पुष्टिवर्धनम्। उर्वारुकमिव बन्धनान् मृत्योर्मुक्षीय मामृतात्॥

Mahamrityunjaya Mantra in English

Aum Tryambakam yajaamahe sugandhim pushtivardhanam |
Urvaarukamiva bandhanaan-mrityormuksheeya maamritaat ||

The Meaning of the Mantra

We worship the three-eyed One, who is fragrant and who nourishes all.
Like the fruit falls off from the bondage of the stem, may we be liberated from death, from mortality.

Tryambakam – gives the sense of the trailokayak power which is situated in the head.

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