Maha – Great Mrityun – Death Jay – Victory .
Thus Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra is known to be the Great Death Conqueror. Regular and profound recitation ensures strong physical, mental as well as emotional health of the person. This prayer is offered to Lord Shiva in a way that he blesses the person with the right health. It is known by some other names like Tryambakam Mantra (Tryambak is another name for Lord Shiva which literally means the ‘Three Eyed One’);,Rudra Mantra (Rudra is yet another name for Lord Shiva,; who is the fiercest avatar of Lord Shiva) or even the Mrityu – Sanjeevani Mantra (Because it is believed to be a life restoring mantra). The Maha Mrityunjaya mantra is held in high esteem by the believers. It is considered as significant as the Gayatri Mantra.
Traces of the Mantra were first found in the Rig Veda. Subsequently, the mantra was also mentioned in the Yajur Veda and Atharva Veda. Many mythological incidents have been attached to the Mahamrityunjaya Mantra.
This mantra was once a secret mantra which only Rushi Markandeya knew. Once Prajapati Daksha (Sati’s father), cursed Chandra, the moon. Chandra was suffering from the ill-effects of the curse when Rushi Markandeya gave this mantra to Sati to give it to Chandra. By doing the Jaap, Chandra felt the effects of the curse slowing down. For further protection, Lord Shiva placed Chandra on his head. Since then the crescent moon adorns Shiva’s hair.
Another story behind the Maha Mrityunjaya states that it was known as Bija mantra that was given by Lord Shiva himself to Sage Shukracharya because the latter had completed a very exhausting period of austerity. The mantra was later passed on from Sage Shukracharya to Rushi Dadichi Maharaj to King Kshuva via whom it ultimately became a part of the Shiva Purana.
Benefits of Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra Jaap :
Most mantras are repeated 108 times or its multiples. Repeating and chanting mantra these many times, with full conviction, is known as Jaap.
- As we know by now, this mantra is known to grant a person the sweet fruit of good physical, emotional and mental health.
- It is also considered to be a Moksha mantra as it is known to bestow immortality to the soul. 108 is said to be a divine number in Hinduism.
- This Mantra is known to ward of untimely and unwarranted death.
- If a person is seriously ill, the near and dear ones can do the Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra for quick and painless recovery of the ailing.
Maha Mrityunjaya Jaap Vidhi :
This mantra is easily accessible to every human being on this planet. One simply needs complete conviction, faith and devotion while chanting. Believe that the mantra will work for you.
- If you are solely doing it then after bathing, make sure you offer Jal to Lord Shiva by pouring it on the Shiva Linga.
- Offer flowers and Bel patra. If possible, apply Bhasm or, Vibhuti and then sit facing the east and recite the mantra at least 108 times.
- A comparatively lengthier procedure also includes sitting with a glass of water that has to be covered with the right palm.
- The mantra should be recited 1008 times and then a spoon of water should given to each family member as Prasad. The rest of the water should then be sprinkled in every corner of the house.
- Sometimes the Jaap has to be done more than a lakh times, for which a pandit is appointed who does a Yagna or Hom and recites the mantra alongside. The repetition allows the creation of awareness and the healing angels enter our bodies through nourishing food and thoughts.