Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra Lyrics & Meaning
Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra, also called Tryambakam Mantra, is one of the oldest and most important Mantras in Hindu mythology. It is considered as most powerful Mantra of Lord Shiva, the three-eyed God.
Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra In English
Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra is a combination of three Hindi words – ‘Maha’, which means great, ‘Mrityun’, which means death and the word ‘Jaya’, which means victory.
Sage Markandeya is believed to be the only person who had the knowledge of the power and value of Maha Mrityunjaya mantra. It is said that the Moon was once in trouble because of the curse by King Daksha. At that time, Sage Markandeya gave this Mantra to Sati, Daksha’s daughter, to help the Moon. By reciting this mantra, the effect of the curse of King Daksha diminished, and Shiva then took the moon and placed it upon his head.
Different names of Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra
- Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra is referred by many as Rudra Mantra, due to the furious aspect of Lord Shiva.
- It is also called Tryambakam mantra, as it is dedicated to Lord Shiva who is a three-eyed deity.
- It has also been given the name Mrita-Sanjivini mantra because it bestows immortality and has the power to ward of untimely death to the one who follows it.
Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra lyrics
Om Tryambakam Yajamahe Sugandhim Pushti Vardhanam
Urvarukamiva Bandhanan Mrityormukshiya Maamritat
Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra Meaning – Word By Word
Om – One of the most sacred sounds in the universe
Trayambakam – The three-eyed deity
Yajamahe – One who is prayed or worshiped
Sugandhim – Who is fragrant
Pushti Vardhanam – Who nourishes and grows all beings
Urvarukmiv – As the ripened cucumber
Bandhanan – Liberated from the captivity or bonding
Mrityur– From death
Mukshiya – Free us or send us heaven
Maamritat – Immortal (for the sake of mortality)
Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra Overall Meaning
We worship Lord Shiva (The Three-Eyed Lord), who is fragrant and who nourishes and grows all beings. As the ripened cucumber is automatically liberated from its bondage to the creeper, may He liberate us from death, for the sake of immortality.
Spiritual Significance of Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra
Lord Shiva is a three-eyed God and is referred to as Tryambakam. The third-eye of Lord Shiva is located in the space between the eyebrows and can be opened by the powers of penance and meditation or when one experiences a spiritual awakening. So, in spiritual terms, when we pray to Lord Shiva, we are seeking his blessings and assistance in opening our third eye of spiritual knowledge.
The natural consequence of this awakening is that we will be led towards spiritual liberation or moksha, and attain freedom from the cycles of death and rebirth. The goal of chanting this mantra is to evolve spiritually so that we can free ourselves and Lord Shiva can free us from our bondage of all the material things that bind us.
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