Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra

Aum Trayambakam Yajamahe,
Sugandhim Pushtivardhanam;
Urva Rukamiva Bandhanaan,
Mrityor Mokshiye Maamritat.

ॐत्रियम्बकंयजामहे, सुगन्धिंपुष्टिवर्धनं
उर्वारुकमिवबन्धनान् मृत्योर्मोक्षिय मामृतात्

OM triyambakam yajāmahe sugandhim pushTivardhanam,
urvārukamiva bandhanān mrrityormokshiya māmrritāt.

Summary of the Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra

We worship Shiv – The Three-Eyed (tryambakam) Lord (yajamahe);
Who is fragrant (sugandhim) and nourishes (pushti) and grows (vardhanam) all beings.

As the ripened cucumber (urvarukamiva) is automatically liberated (bandhanaan) (by the intervention of the “farmer”) from its bondage to the creeper when it fully ripens;
May He liberate us (mokshiya) from death (mrityor), for the sake of immortality (maamritaat).
We pray to Lord Shiv whose eyes are the Sun, Moon and Fire
May He protect us from all disease, poverty and fear
And bless us with prosperity, longevity and good health.

The Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra is a prayer to Lord Shiv (part of the hindu trinity, the lord of destruction, penance and meditation) for help in overcoming “death”. The seeker is more concerned with avoiding spiritual “death” rather than physical “death”. The mantra is a request to Lord Shiv to lead us to the mountain of meditation, which is indeed Lord Shiv’s abode.

Legend has it that Lord Shiv appeared before his devotee Markandeya (who was destined to die at the age of sixteen) and stopped his aging process a few days before he was supposed to turn sixteen. Thus, death would never be able to claim him. Hence, this mantra is also referred to as the Markandeya mantra in Hindu studies. The mantra should ideally be repeated 108 times, twice daily, at dawn and at dusk. It is particularly useful for meditation and yoga practice.

Spiritual Significance of the Shiv Mahamantra

Lord Shiv is referred to as tryambakam, the three-eyed one, because his third-eye has been “opened” by the powers of penance and meditation. The third eye is said to be located in the space between the eyebrows, and is “opened” when one experiences spiritual awakening. So, when we pray to Lord Shiv, we are in essence asking for 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 spiritually “ripen” so that we can free ourselves Lord Shiv can free us from our bondage to all the material things that bind us!

Shiva is one of the principal deities of Hinduism. He is the Supreme Being, who creates, protects and transforms the universe. It is believed that Lord Shiva can be pleased easily and grants the boon to their devotees. Chanting mantra is one of the powerful ways to get connect with the divine and dedicate yourself to Lord Shiva. Mantras have psychological and spiritual powers and help us to bring harmony and peace to our life.

There are many mantras that are devoted to Lord Shiva and each mantra has its own set of benefits. Mahamrityunjaya mantra is one of them. It is one of the most significant mantras in Hinduism. Mahamrityunjaya Mantra is also known as the Tryambakam Mantra, is a verse of the Rigveda. It addresses the Rudra avatar of Lord Shiva. It is also a great death-conquering Mantra. According to Shiv Puran, when you have fear of any unknown event this chant helps you to overcome the fear.

Mantra and its meaning

Om tryambakam yajamahe

sugandhim pustivardhanam

urva rukamiva bandhanan mrtyor


ma mrtat

Here is the word by word meaning of the mantra

Aum- is a sacred/mystical syllable in Hinduism.

Tryambakam- the third-eyed one (accusative case)

Yajamahe- we worship, adore, honor.

Sugandhim- sweet fragrance, fragrant (accusative case)

Pusti- A well-nourished condition, thriving, prosperous, fullness of life

Vardhanam- one who nourishes, strengthens, cause to increase (in health, wealth, well-being), who gladdens, exhilarates and restores health, a good gardener

Urvarukam-iva- like the cucumber or melon (in the accusative case) or like a big peach

Bandhanan- bound down

Mrtyormuksiya – free, liberate from death

ma+amrtat- not+immortality, nectar

It means we pray to Lord Shiva, “The third eyed lord Shiva who sees what we can see but who also sees what we cannot see. I invoke, Increase my good vasanas (not of material aspects like gold, money, sex, anger, the 6 enemies etc.), my soul is like a cucumber bound (to the body), please free me from the captivity of death and give me immortality”.

Benefits of Mahamrityunjaya mantra

• It is said to be beneficial for our mental, physical and emotional health. It promotes happiness and peace of mind. It also brings prosperity and contentment to life.

• It is also known as a “lifesaving mantra”; it conquers death and bestows immortality. It is addressed to Lord Shiva for warding off untimely death.

• This mantra has amazing healing powers. It has been believed that if you, your family member or friend suffers from any serious or life-threatening disorder, this mantra can help a lot. Chanting of this mantra creates positive and divine vibrations that help in healing. It also helps in removing fear, anxiety and other negative emotions associated with death.

• Chanting of this mantra helps in overcoming the financial troubles and losses in business.

• It is also known as a moksha mantra and it connects human beings to their own inner divinity. It is believed that this Mantra evokes the Shiva within human beings and liberating one from the cycle of death and rebirth.

• The mantra is meant for healing rejuvenation and nurturance. It is also chanted while smearing Vibhuti over various parts of the body and utilised in Japa or homa for getting the desired results.

• According to Astrologers, if you are suffering from Maas, Dasha, gochara, Antardasha or any other horoscope related problems, this mantra can help you to get rid of it.

How to chant this mantra?

• The best time to chant this mantra is early morning between 4-6 A.M. however; you can chant this mantra in late morning after taking bath and finishing the chores.

• Rudraksha mala is most beneficial for chanting this mantra as Rudraksha represents Lord Shiva himself and considered auspicious.

• It is advised that one should recite this mantra at least 5 times a mala in a day.

• You may chant this mantra 9 times, before stepping out of the home, before taking medicines and before sleeping. It will help to keep you safe, avoid accidents and negativity from your life.

• While chanting the mantra it is must to focus on the meaning of mantra and concentrate on the vibration with complete faith and devotion. It is best to have a Shiva linga, Shiva picture or Mahamrityunjaya yantra near you while chanting the mantra.