Researched by the sages as the heart of the Vedas, the Maha Mrityunjaya mantra can help you tune into the healing force that is always at work within you, supporting your growth, lifting you up in times of trouble, and reminding you of the higher aim of life.
Mahamrityunjaya Mantra is one among the finest Mantra’s in Indian mythology and spirituality. This mantra belongs to Lord Shiva.
It is a combination of three Hindi language words i.e. ‘Maha’, which means great, ‘Mrityun’ means death and ‘Jaya’ means victory, which turns into conquer or victory over death.
It is also known as ‘Rudra Mantra’ or ‘Trayambakam Mantra’. Rudra refers to Lord Shiva.
Background to Mahamrityunjaya mantra
The Mahamrityunjaya mantra is from the Krishna Yajur Veda. Mrityunjaya is another name for Lord Shiva, the great yogi who is actually said to have existed and to have conquered death. The devata of the Mahamrityunjaya mantra is Rudra or Raudra, who represents Lord Shiva in his fierce and destructive aspect.
The Mahamrityunjaya mantra is also to be found in the ayurvedic scriptures. In the Prakriti Khanda of the Brahma Vaivarta Purana. In the Sati Khand of the Shiva Purana, Shukracharya (guru of the demons) himself has called it Mrita Sanjeevani Vidya (the knowledge which leads to eternal life). Shukracharya expounded it to Sage Dadhichi.
Benefits of chanting the Mahamrityunjaya mantra
The Mahamrityunjaya mantra is a potent combination of sounds that, if repeated with faith, dedication and perseverance over a period of time, leads, not only to victory over the fear of death, but eventually to victory over death itself or moksha (liberation). It is therefore known as a ‘moksha mantra’. It is stimulating and heating (unlike the Gayatri mantra, which is soothing and cooling). It bestows longevity, and is designed to cure illness. It wards off evil or negative forces by creating a protective psychic shield around the practitioner. It is said to destroy sorrow and poverty, and to fulfil all of one’s desires. Anyone who wishes to remove obstacles in life and overcome difficult situations or illness should repeat this mantra regularly. If chanted a minimum of eleven times, last thing at night, it will ensure a better sleep and more positive dreams.
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