Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra
September 22nd, 2009 by Ram

One of the ancient Sanskrit mantras, Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra is a verse extracted from Yajurveda. It is supposed to be the  death-conquering mantra, and is  popularly referred to as Tryambakam Mantra, as it is identified with the three-eyed Hindu deity – Lord Shiva.

The Mantra  is sometimes called the Rudra Mantra, referring to the furious face of Lord Shiva. It is called the Tryambakam Mantra, when  it is referred to the alluding three eyes of Lord Shiva. When it comes to life, Mrityunjaya Mantra is called the Mrita-Sanjivini Mantra.

Mrityunjaya Mantra holds the highest place among the Sanskrit mantras used for meditation. The recital of Mrityunjaya Mantra is beneficial for the body and soul in many ways. According to Yajurveda, if the mantra is chanted with immense concentration and devotion, then it purifies the karmas of the soul. Mental, emotional and physical health can be improvised by the regular chanting of Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra. In the following lines, we have provided the Mrityunjaya Mantra.


Mrityunjaya Mantra

Om Tryambakam Yajamahe
Sugandhim Pushtivardhanam
Urvarukamiva Bandhanan
Mrityor Mukshiya Maamritat

English Translation

“OM. We worship and adore you, O three-eyed one, O Shiva. You are sweet gladness, the fragrance of life, who nourishes us, restores our health, and causes us to thrive. As, in due time, the stem of the cucumber weakens, and the gourd is freed from the vine, so free us from attachment and death, and do not withhold immortality.”

– Arthur Berriedale Keith

Word By Word Translation

Tri-ambaka-m – The three-eyed-one
Yaja-mahe – We praise
Sugandhi-m – The fragrant
Pusti-vardhana-m – The prosperity-increaser
Urvaruka-m – Disease, attachment, obstacles in life, and resulting depression”
iva “-like
Bandhanat – From attachment Stem (of the gourd); but more generally, unhealthy attachment
Mrtyor – From death
Mukshiya – May you liberate
Ma – Not
Amritat – Realization of immortality


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2 Responses  
  • dkraja writes:
    February 19th, 2012 at 8:20 am

    shiv is frist and last truth in woard

  • DIL writes:
    May 26th, 2015 at 8:32 pm

    past, present, future all will shivas desire

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