Back to Roots : 12 Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra

Shiva the supreme power

Prayers move mountains, and it’s the quietest form of communication with God. When pandemic struck our lives, many of us went within and constantly connected with the supreme power. Soon, winds of change is finally here. We have all gone through huge turmoils in our own way. Our soul which is very old and lived many phases of birth, while our body is a perishable being and has finally come to human life. Through its many birth,the soul goes through a lot of pain, attachment and transformation.

Hence, it’s been almost a century of suffering and bearing fruits of our good deeds. During such major transition. It is important to stay connected with our supreme power and continue to chat the powerful mantras. This gives us the motivation to go on. Prayers are silent and most effective way to stay connected. Our vedas holds some very strong and effective prayers. We call upon the divine through these sanskrit veruses.

” Om tryambakam yajamahe sugandhim pusti vardhanam.
Urvarukamiva bandhanan mrtyor mukshiya mamritat”

Which means, We workship and adore your O three eyed one. O lord, you are the fragrance of life itself.The one who nourishes us, restores our health and causes us to thrive. Free us from the attachment and death.

This is one of the ancient and the most important Mantras in Indian mythology & spirituality. The benefits and the importance of the Mahamrityunjaya mantra is described in many It is  meant to please Lord Mahakal i.e. Lord Shiva and to get the boon from premature death from him. Chanting these mantras 108 times daily, also gives the devotees freedom from incurable diseases.

The word Mahamrityunjaya is a combination of three Hindi language words. The Hindi word ‘Maha’, which means great. ‘Mrityunjaya’ means death. and ‘Jaya’ means victory. which all means victory over death.

There is a legend of the origin of this mantra, which is associated with the grace of Lord Mahakal. Mahamrityunjaya Mantra is synonymous with Shiva in Shaivism sect, also known as the Tryambakam Mantra. It addresses the Rudra avatar of Lord Shiva. It is also the great death-victory mantra, the famous and proven verse from the Rigveda. This mantra is known as “Dead Sanjeevani.”

A legend foretells the importance of Mahamrityunjaya Mantra, that was founded by to sage Markanndeya and given by Lord Shiva. There is a short story behind this-

Markandeya Rishi, who composed the Mahamrityunjaya Mantra, was the son of ascetic and fiery Mrkand Rishi. After much penance, a son born to Mrikund Rishi but seeing the symptom of the child, the astrologers told his age to be only 12 years.

When Markandeya was 5-7 years old, his father told him about his young age. At the same time giving the mantra of worship of Shiva, he said that Shiva can free you from the fear of death. Then the boy Markandeya started worshiping Shiva by sitting in the Shiva temple. When the day of Markandeya’s death came, the messengers of Yamraj came to pick him up. But due to the effect of the mantra, he could not muster the courage to approach the child. He went and informed Yamraj. On this, Yamraj himself came to take Markandeya. On seeing Yamraj’s bloodshot eyes, terrible form, buffalo ride, and loop in hand, the boy Markandeya got scared and he embraced the shivling and started to weep.
On this, mahadev appeared. He got angry and said to Yamraj- how did you even think of punishing the devotee sitting in my shelter?  Yamraj, on this  Lord,  went from there. This legend is described in the Markandeya Purana.

In this way, there is a story of the origin of this mantra, which is associated with the grace of Mahadev..According to Shivpuran, reciting this mantra eliminates all the obstacles and troubles of human beings. This mantra proves to be a life-long mantra as well as removes all negative and evil forces. Hence it knows as ‘Moksha Mantra’.By chanting this mantra a person can overcome death.  Any person who wishes to attain a long life should regularly chant the Mahamrityunjaya Mantra. Due to the effect of this mantra, the fear of premature death of man ends.

It is important to know, that by reciting the Mahamrityunjaya Mantra many hurdles are eliminated like Manglik Dosha, Nadi Dosha, Kalasarp Dosha, Bhoot-Phantom Dosha, Disease, Nightmare, and many Doshas. It also cures any and all kind of disease and on dreaming of a negative indicator, chant a hundred lakh mantras to get auspicious results.

In Sanatan Dharma, Mahamrityunjaya Mantra is called Prana Rakshak and Mahamoksha Mantra.It is important to chant these mantras in the manner prescribed.The best time to chant this mantra is between 4-6 am. Stritct rules must be followed as described in the purans.

As long as the chanting of Mahamrityunjaya mantra is going on, incense and lamps should be kept burning. In times like these, when there is life threat due to pandemic. We must take shelter under this powerful mantras. But be careful, not to harm and hurt anyone and then take refuge under the mantra. Remember, at the end. Karma wins all battles.

Wishing the readers, a healthy year ahead.

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