About Mahamrityunjaya Mantra
The great mantra dedicated to Rudra as Mrityunjaya is found in the Rig Veda. It is called the Maha Mrityunjaya mantra, the Great Death-Conquering mantra. It is a mantra that has many names and forms. It is called the Rudra mantra, referring to the furious aspect of Shiva; the Tryambakam mantra, alluding to Shiva's three eyes; and it is sometimes known as the Mrita-Sanjivini mantra because it is a component of the "life-restoring" practice given to the primordial sage Shukra after he had completed an exhausting period of austerity. The Maha Mrityunjaya mantra is hailed by the sages as the heart of the Veda. Along with the Gayatri mantra it holds the highest place among the many mantras used for contemplation and meditation
tryambakaṃ yajāmahe sugandhiṃ puṣṭi-vardhanam
urvārukam iva bandhanān mṛtyor mukṣīya māmṛitāt
ॐ त्र्यम्बकं यजामहे,
Word to Word Meaning of Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra
Tryambakam = the three-eyed one (accusative case)
Yajamahe = We worship, adore, honor, revere
Sugandhim = sweet smelling, fragrant (accusative case)
Pushti = A well-nourished condition, thriving, prosperous, fullness of life
Vardhanam = One who nourishes, strengthens, causes to increase (in health, wealth, well-being); who gladdens, exhilarates, and restores health; a good gardener
Urvarukam = cucumber(accusative case)
Iva = like, just as
Bandhanan = stem (of the gourd);(ablative case "from the stem"- the ending is actually long a then -d which changes to n/anusvara through sandhi)
Mrityor = From death
Mukshiya = Free us, liberate us
Ma = not
Amritat = Immortality, emancipation
O Great Three Eyed Lord of All Worlds. You are the sweet fragrance of life. You are the creator and sustainer. Free us from the terrible diseases of ignorance, attachment and weakness. Deliver us from the cycle of birth and death to freedom and ultimate liberation.
Benefits of Mahamritunjay Mantra:
This mantra has been known for ages to bestow the following benefits. In short, it is the mantra for protection, health and liberation.
- Cures diseases, heals and bestows optimum health.
- Protects one from accidents and misfortunes.
- Offers protection from negative forces, both seen and unseen.
- Helps one breaks free from attachments, destroys ignorance and reveals the True Nature of Reality.
- Helps one conquer the fear of death.
- Delivers one from the cycle of birth and death to freedom and liberation.