Mahamrityunjaya Mantra is a powerful Mantra dedicated to the Lord of the Universe, Lord Shiva. It is also referred to as Tryambakam Mantra. Mahamrityunjaya is an amalgamation of three words “Maha” meaning great, “Mrityun” meaning death and “Jaya” meaning victory. In simple terms, the mantra is a prayer seeking aid from Lord Shiva in healing of the soul and the body. The mantra is infact a verse taken from the Rig Veda and is also a part of the Yajur Veda.
The Mahamrityunjaya Mantra and its Meaning
“Om tryambakam yajamahe
Sugandhim pushti vardhanam
Mrityor Mukshiya maamritat”
“ॐ त्रयंबकम यजमहे
सुगंधिम पुष्टि वर्धनम्
मृत्युयोर मुक्षिया ममृतत”
Here’s the literal meaning of the mantra:
“I surrender myself to Lord Shiva, who has three eyes, who is as pleasurable as a sweet smelling incense and who gives vitality to the devotee to perform devotional service. Just like a cucumber is freed from its stem naturally, be merciful upon me and release me from the shackles of death, not from immortality.”
Benefits of Chanting Mahamrityunjaya Mantra
Wards off Evil Eyes
There are a number of people who face obstacles in life due to certain negative energies. Chanting this mantra provides protection to the devotees from evil eyes and black magic. This mantra removes certain negative traits of the devotees such as including jealousy, greed, lust, ego, insecurity etc. Thus it helps in creating a positive surrounding which gives mental peace to the individual.
Brings Health Benefits
Chanting the mantra everyday helps to keep a lot of acute and chronic diseases at the bay in general. If a person in the family is suffering from a deadly disease, then chanting the Mahamrityunajaya Mantra by taking the name of that person can give great relief from the pain. It is also said that chanting this mantra also helps in keeping the heart healthy.
Removes the Fear of Premature Death
Chanting the Mantra can give the devotees freedom from the fear of death. It offers protection to the individual and his/her family members from the threat of violent accidents, mishaps or natural disasters. It also helps in making the person more strong and confident if chanted everyday.
Releases Anxiety and Restores Peace
The mantra is very helpful in reducing the anxiousness of an individual and calming him/her down to a large extent. The mantra eliminates anger if chanted everyday, which helps in releasing anxiety. It helps in restoring peace by resolving disputes within the family, arguments between partners and reducing poverty. Thus it brings harmony and peace to the mind, body and soul of the individual.
Nullifies The Effect of Doshas and Malefic Planets
This mantra is one such powerful tool which can eliminate the negative effects of inauspicious planets like Rahu, Ketu, Mangal or Shani by reducing their fierceness. It can also help in nullifying the bad effects of Kaal Sarp Dosh.
Strengthens the Spiritual Journey of a Devotee
According to astrology, Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra is one of the most effective means of achieving moksha or salvation. It helps the devotees in detaching themselves from the earthly pleasures (Moh Maya) and moving ahead in a beautiful spiritual journey.
Eliminates Bad Dreams
Mahamrityunjaya Mantra acts as a saviour to those who frequently witness bad dreams and find it difficult to sleep properly at night. Chanting this mantra before going to sleep and after waking up helps greatly in reducing disturbance in sleep.
Legend Behind the Origin of Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra
There are various legends or stories associated with the origin of the most powerful Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra. One such legend relating to this mantra is about Rishi Markandeya, the son of Rishi Mrikandu. An astrologer told Rishi Mrikandu about the premature death of his son Markandeya. The astrologer advised the child to worship Lord Shiva and chant this mantra regularly. Rishi Markandeya’s life was saved after persistently chanting this mantra and worshipping Lord Shiva with full devotion. Another legend says that Lord Shiva revealed this powerful Mantra to Shukracharya, the spiritual master of demons. Lord Shiva told about this mantra as a part of Sanjeevani Vidya or the art of resurrection. The third story is related to the part of Rigveda in which this mantra is found. That portion is believed to have been composed by Maharishi Vashishtha.
Significance of Chanting Mahamrityunjaya Mantra for 108 Times
Generally, it is auspicious to chant the Mantra for 108 times. Many devotees chant this mantra with a Rudraksha Mala which contains 108 beads. These beads are used to count how many times a person has chanted this powerful Mantra. The numbers ‘1’, ‘0’, and ‘8’ are very special and significant. They symbolize oneness, nothingness and everything respectively. When brought together, they represent the ultimate reality of the universe i.e. the universe is one, empty and infinite all at once. There is a Vedic explanation to the usage of the number ‘108’ too. As per Vedic cosmology, the number 108 is the basis of the creation of the universe and our very existence.
According to Hinduism, there are 108 Upanishads. Upanishads are considered to be sacred texts of the ancient ages which are full of wisdom. Interestingly, another logic could be that there are 54 letters in the Sanskrit alphabet system. Each letter symbolizes a masculine (Shiva) and a feminine (Shakti) quality. Here, 54 multiplied by 2 is 108.
There’s an astrological and mathematical significance of the number 108 too. It concerns the relationship between the Sun, the Moon and the Earth. The diameter of the Sun is 108 times the diameter of the Earth. Also, the distance between the Earth and the Sun is 108 times the diameter of the Sun. Similarly, the distance between the Moon and the Earth is 108 times the diameter of the Moon. Finally, we have 12 astrological houses and 9 planets. Therefore, 12 multiplied by 9 equals to 108. These are some of the reasons why the number ‘108’ is considered very auspicious in Hinduism.
Precautions to Follow while chanting the Mahamrityunjaya Mantra
- Chant this mantra after taking a bath.
- Avoid eating non-vegetarian food or consuming alcohol before chanting this mantra.
- Use a Rudraksha Mala containing 108 beads while chanting and avoid using a broken Mala since it’s considered inauspicious.
- Do not wish the ill of others while chanting this mantra, otherwise it can backfire.
- Try to complete chanting the Mahamrityunajaya Mantra for 108 times, if you fail to do so then you can chant it for 11 or 51 times.
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