Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra, also known as Om Tryambakam Yajamahe Mantra, is a verse of the Rigveda (one of the four canonical sacred texts). The sacred verse also recurs in the Yajurveda.
This mantra is sometimes known as Mrita-Sanjivini mantra because it is a part of the ?life-restoring? mantra practice given to the primordial sage Shukra (the Sanskrit for ?brightness, clearness?) after he had finished an exhausting time of severity.
?Om Tryambakam Yajamahe Sugandhim Pushthivardhanam;Urvaarukamiva Bandhanaan Mrityormuksheeya Maamritaat.?
Great Death-conquering mantra translation in English:
?We worship the three-eyed one who is fragrant, and who sustains all living beings. May he liberate us from (Samsara) death. May he (Lord Shiva) lead us to immortality, just as the cucumber is released from its bondage.?
It is also called Rudra mantra, referring to the furious aspect of Lord Shiva (Mahadeva), and Tryambakam mantra, alluding to Lord Shiva?s three eyes. The 3rd eye (the faculty of insight and intuition) is said to be located in the space between the eyebrows and is ?opened? when one experiences the spiritual awakening.
Followers of Lord Shiva consider that this powerful mantra evokes the Shiva within human beings and removes the fear of death, liberating one from Samsara ? the cycle of death and rebirth, hence the name ?Great Death-conquering Mantra?.
Along with Gayatri mantra, it holds the highest place among the many Sanskrit mantras used for meditation, contemplation, and healing.
Whereas Gayatri Mantra is meant for spiritual guidance and purification, Rudra mantra is used for rejuvenation, healing, and nurturance. Mahamrityunjay mantra is also considered a strong remedy to propitiate Lord Shani (one of the nine heavenly objects known as Navagraha in Hindu astrology).
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