Health troubles don’t come into our lives by knocking doors and seeking entry permits. In today’s scientific day and age, medical researchers are trying to find a cure for every ailment. But healing cannot be uni-dimensional. People these days understand the importance of holistic healing. Thus no healing is complete without being connected to your divine spirit. And the best way to do so in matters of health is to recite this ever important mantra we call the Maha Mrityunjaya Jaap.
To understand the importance of this mantra let’s decode the meaning of this word first
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.
Most mantras are repeated 108 times or its multiples. Repeating and chanting mantra these many times, with full conviction, is known as Jaap.
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.
This Mantra is very powerful and that one can do it for the benefit of self or others. The primary reason for reciting this mantra is to ward of the ill effects of bad health.
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.
This mantra is so beautiful that it can be done even without a Muhurat. Most people do a 9 time repetition daily. Many do a longer Jaap on Monday mornings as Monday is considered as the day of Lord Shiva.
If the Jaap is specifically being done for one person or family then a Pandit shall look at the various coordinates of the family and decide on a Muhurat for doing the Maha Mrityunjaya Jaap Yagya.
We have been talking about the Mantra all this while. So what exactly is the Mantra like?
|| Om Tryambakam Yaja Mahe, Sugandhi Pushtivardhanam
Urvarukmeeva, Bandhanaan Mrityumokshiya Mahamrutaat ||
This mantra is in pure Sanskrit and it literally translates to “Om, Hey Tryambak (Lord Shiva), the nurturer of all living beings, we pray to you. Like a gardener helps a cucumber or melon to be freed from the creeper (bondage), we pray to you to free us from the bondage of bad health karma”.
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