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Mahamrityunjaya (Great Death-Conquering) Mantra

This very special Mantra was given to me by a close friend here, i've been so positively affected by it, I cannot help but continue sharing it - I definitely recommend taking the time and patience to learn in it's ancient form of Sanskrit.



The Mahamrityunjaya Mantra (Sanskrit: महामृत्युंजय मंत्र, Mahāmṛtyuṃjaya Mantra "great death-conquering mantra"), also called the Tryambakam Mantra, is a verse of the Rigveda (RV 7.59.12).It is addressed to Tryambaka "the three-eyed one", an epithet of Rudra, later identified with Shiva.[1][2] The verse also recurs in the Yajurveda (TS 1.8.6.i; VS 3.60)[1]


The mantra was found by Rishi Markandey. It was a secret Mantra, and Rishi Markandey was the only one in the world who knew this Mantra. The Moon was once in trouble, cursed by King Daksh. Rishi Markandey gave the Mahamritryunjay Mantra to Sati, Daksh's daughter, for the Moon. This is how the mantra came into common knowledge.


The mantra reads:

In Devanagari:
ॐ त्र्यम्बकम् यजामहे सुगन्धिम् पुष्टिवर्धनम् ।
उर्वारुकमिव बन्धनान् मृत्योर्मुक्षीय माम्रतात् ।।


In (IAST transliteration):
Om tryambakaṃ yajāmahe sugandhiṃ puṣṭi-vardhanam
urvārukam iva bandhanān mṛtyormukṣīya māmṛtāt


In some Hindu Religious books the complete mantra has been mentioned as:-


"OM Hrom Om Joom Sah Bhurbhuvah Swh Om tryambakam yajāmahe sugandhim pushti-vardhanam urvā rukamiva bandhanān mrityormukshīya māmritāt Bhurbhuvah Swarom Joom Sah Hrom Om"


This great mantra dedicated to Rudra as Mrityunjaya is found in the Rig Veda. It is called the Maha Mrityunjaya mantra, the Great Death-Conquering mantra. It is a mantra that has many names and forms. It is called the Rudra mantra, referring to the furious aspect of Shiva; the Tryambakam mantra, alluding to Shiva's three eyes; and it is sometimes known as the Mrita-Sanjivini mantra because it is a component of the "life-restoring" practice given to the primordial sage Shukra after he had completed an exhausting period of austerity. The Maha Mrityunjaya mantra is hailed by the sages as the heart of the Veda. Along with the Gayatri mantra it holds the highest place among the many mantras used for contemplation and meditation


Word to Word Meaning of Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra


ॐ aum = is a sacred/mystical syllable in Sanatan Dharma or Indian religions, i.e. Hinduism, Jainism, and Buddhism
tryambakam = the three-eyed one (accusative case)
yajāmahe = We worship, adore, honor, revere


sugandhim = sweet smelling, fragrant (accusative case)
puṣṭi = A well-nourished condition, thriving, prosperous, fullness of life
vardhanam = One who nourishes, strengthens, causes to increase (in health, wealth, well-being); who gladdens, exhilarates, and restores health; a good gardener


urvārukam = pumpkin <a kind of Indian vegetable> (in the accusative case)
iva = like, just as


urvārukam: 'urva' means "vishal" or big and powerful or deadly. 'arukam' means 'disease'. Thus urvārukam means deadly and overpowering diseases. (The pumpkin interpretation given in various places is also correct for the word urvārukam, but not apt for this mantra). The diseases are also of three kinds caused by the influence (in the negative) of the three guṇas and are ignorance (avidyā), falsehood (asat, as even though Vishnu is everywhere, we fail to perceive Him and are guided by our sight and other senses) and weaknesses (ṣaḍripu, a constraint of this physical body and Shiva is all powerful).


bandhanān = "from captivity" {i.e. from the stem of the cucumber} (of the gourd); (the ending is actually long a then -d which changes to n/anusvara because of sandhi)


bandhanān means bound down. Thus read with urvārukam iva, it means 'I am bound down just as by deadly and overpowering diseases'.


mrityor = From death
mukshīya = Free, liberate
= not
amritāt = [with] immortality, emancipation



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Comment by ☤Tris☤ on October 22, 2014 at 11:36pm

"The Mahamrityunjaya Mantra (Sanskrit: महामृत्युंजय मंत्र, mahāmṛtyuṃjaya mantra "Great Death-conquering Mantra"), also called the Tryambakam Mantra, is a verse of the Rigveda (RV 7.59.12). It is addressed to Tryambaka, "the three-eyed one", an epithet of Rudra, later identified with Shiva.[1][2] The verse also recurs in the Yajurveda (TS 1.8.6.i; VS 3.60)"

Comment by Adam Kadmon on February 2, 2013 at 5:49pm

Nice one Osiris;)....Here is the complete version!

                          ~Om Nama Shivaya~

Comment by Osiris Djed on February 2, 2013 at 4:35pm

This mantra... is obsessive...

Here's a poem the words inspired:

Divine we adore the three eyed one,
Fragrant sweet in his prosperous life,
The one who strengthens, the one who heals.

The three disease, are like my binding prison;
ignorance, falsehood, and weakness.
Held in the ground I am, from death not liberate.
With emancipation, comes immortality.

Comment by ॐBlessedॐ on December 9, 2012 at 8:03pm

The Mantra in which Maharshi Shukraachaarya has got the amrita siddhi, is known
as Mritasanjeevani Vidya. This is as follows :



Om Hoong Joon Sah
Om Bhoor Bhuva Swaha
Om Tryambakam Yajamahe
Om Tatsavitur Varenyam
Om Sugandhim Pushti Vardhanam
Om Bhargo Devasya Dhimahi
Om Urvarukamiva Bandhanan
Om Diyo Yo na Prachodayat
Om Mrityor Mukshiya Mamritat
Om Svaha Bhoova Bhoo
Om Sah Joon Hoong Om

Comment by Adam Kadmon on December 9, 2012 at 1:49am

@Wisa yes u can first get used to the audio with your own technique and then try and pronounce it. As Tris did it if there's a will there's a way!

             But this mantra is actually very easy and best said everyday at dawn and sunset 108 times.   I 'll try and break it down if it helps :-

                               Om Trayam -bakam    Yaja- mahe

                         Sughan -dhim      Pushti -var-dhanam

                         Urva     Ruka -miva     Bhan -dhanam

                         Mrit-yor   Muk-shi   Maam - Ritat

Comment by ☤Tris☤ on December 9, 2012 at 12:44am

Thanks every for your comments and additions, it was not easy to pronounce, but it comes - took me about an hour or two to get it right.

Good luck

Comment by flower of the way. on December 9, 2012 at 12:23am
Will give it a shot.
Comment by Being on December 8, 2012 at 9:13pm

I have difficulty pronouncing these words but I have my own style of meditating deeply. I use the  pictures ( when eyes are open) and the chanting of the video which affects me and I use this technique described here in the video :

"There is no sound, no vibration. All around you is the open blue sky, the vast space of pure consciousness. You have nothing to do there but sit down quiet and still, like one of the gods, peaceful within and without, and close your eyes."

And I 'go in'.

Comment by Adam Kadmon on December 8, 2012 at 7:51pm

    Yes this Mantra is great, usually used whens it is a solar eclipse or when people are sick or to prolong their life or gain all around strength.

             But I recommend it's best to focus on the particular area of sickness for faster healing effects!

     Here is a set of mantra's if u have any pain or sickness in ur body

  Here there are many other different kinds of mantras if u have any long term or some incurable diseases


            It is very important to pronounce these mantras in the right way and when to say them and how many times to repeat them its usually 108 times. But if you require Siddhi of any mantra then it would vary depending on the mantra and your purpose.

          Overall its also very important for the western world to acknowledge the potent healing or effects of the sanskrit language. As Sanskrit is known the language of the Gods and likewise Hebrew the language of Angels.


                      Thanks for sharing this, people who are interested in this but have a hard time pronouncing or any such sort can join the group Mantra's and ask me to clarify their doubts.    Many Blessings!!!

Comment by anki on December 8, 2012 at 2:37am

lovely :)

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