Thursday, March 6, 2008

Maha Mrityunjay Mantra

Maha Mrityunjay Mantra


The Maha Mrityunjay Mantra or Lord Shiva Mantra is considered extremely powerful and significant by the Hindus. Also known as the Moksha Mantra of Lord Shiva, chanting of Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra is said to create divine vibrations that heals. Devotees of Lord Shiva further believe that Maha Mrityunjay evokes the Shiva within human beings and removes the fear of death, liberating one from the cycle of death and rebirth.

Significance of Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra
Devotees strongly believe that proper recitation of the Maha Mrityunjaya rejuvenates, bestows health, wealth, long life, peace, prosperity and contentment. It is said that chanting of Shiva Mantra generates divine vibrations that ward off all the negative and evil forces and creates a powerful protective shield. Besides, it is said to protect the one who chants against accidents and misfortunes of every kind. Recitation of the mantra creates vibration that pulsates through every cell, every molecule of human body and tears away the veil of ignorance. Hindus believe that recitation of the mantra ignites a fire within that consumes all negativity and purifies entire system. It is also said to have a strong healing power and can cure diseases declared incurable even by the doctors. Many believe Maha Mrityunjay Mantra to be a mantra that can conquer death and connect human beings to their own inner divinity.

The Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra
The following Maha Mrityunjay Mantra has been taken from the Sukla Yajurveda Samhita III. 60. The Mantra is addressed to Lord Shiva and is a centuries old technique of connecting one to pure consciousness and bliss.

Om Tryamlakam Yajamahe
Sugandhim Pusti - vardhanam |
Urva - rukamiva Bandhanan
Mrtyor - muksheeya Ma - amritat ||

Meaning:
Om. We worship The Three-Eyed Lord Shiva who is fragrant and who increasingly nourishes the devotees. Worshipping him may we be liberated from death for the sake of immortality just as the ripe cucumber easily separates itself from the binding stalk.

Explanation:
The mantra is a prayer to Lord Shiva who is addressed as Sankara and Tryamlakam. Sankara is sana (blessings) and Kara (the Giver). Tryamlakam is the three eyed one (where the third eye signifies the giver of knowledge, which destroys ignorance and releases us from the cycle of death and rebirth).

Best Time to Chant
Chanting the Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra with sincerity, faith and devotion in Bramha Muhurata is very beneficial. But one can also do Maha Mrityunjaya japa anytime in a pure environment with great benefit and discover the happiness that's already within.

4 comments:

Saravanan said...

Excellent ... Good information... This sloka is also chanted during the Sashti Apthapoorthi (60th B'day) ceremonies.
Once a Dheekshithar at Thirukkadaiyur told the meaning of it, as written by you.
By chanting this, we pray the Lord not only to kill the fear of death and also that the Aathma should get releived from the body, as if a dry leaf would fall off by itself gently from a tree without anyone plucking it.

I happened to read it on this Maha Shivrathri day. Thanks a ton for posting such wonderful info!

Shivaya Namaha!

Prerna231 Group said...

Thanks Saravanan jee. I am glad you like the mantra. The purpose of posting it today was Mahashivaratri being today.

Anonymous said...

As per my knowledge this was the mantra chanted by Savitri to get back the soul of her husband (Satyavan).
Please correct Tryamlakam
it has to be Tryambakam.
This is not an ordinary mantra, if chanted properly it can generate lot of heat in one's body.
And I feel one must not start directly with this mantra at initial level. After chanting other mantras slowly and gradually one can move to chanting this mantra, or esle he/she will not be able to bear the heat.

Prerna231 Group said...

Thanks for the feedback and very useful information... The spelling errors ahs been rectified. Thanks for the update.

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Aseem