Maha Mrityunjaya Jaap


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.

Importance and Significance of Maha Mrityunjaya Jaap

To understand the importance of this mantra let’s decode the meaning of this word first

  • Maha – Great
  • Mrityun – Death
  • Jay – Victory

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.

Benefits of Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra Jaap

Most mantras are repeated 108 times or its multiples. Repeating and chanting mantra these many times, with full conviction, is known as Jaap.

  • As we know by now, this mantra is known to grant a person the sweet fruit of good physical, emotional and mental health.
  • It is also considered to be a Moksha mantra as it is known to bestow immortality to the soul. 108 is said to be a divine number in Hinduism.
  • This Mantra is known to ward of untimely and unwarranted death.
  • If a person is seriously ill, the near and dear ones can do the Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra for quick and painless recovery of the ailing.

History & Stories

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.

Occasions to do the Maha Mrityunjaya Jaap

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.

  • If someone is unwell, no matter what the intensity of the illness is, he or she can recite the mantra 108 or 1008 times to get better. If that person is really unwell or unconscious, a family member or a friend can do it for them.
  • It is believed that regular chanting of the mantra for near terminally ill patients can make their final days more peaceful and painless.
  • The mantra is known to create divine vibrations in the house, so do it regularly to create a protective shield and ward off evil. The Jaap is believed to protect the house and family members from untimely calamities too.

Maha Mrityunjaya Jaap Vidhi (Procedure)

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.

  • If you are solely doing it then after bathing, make sure you offer Jal to Lord Shiva by pouring it on the Shiva Linga.
  • Offer flowers and Bel patra. If possible, apply Bhasm or, Vibhuti and then sit facing the east and recite the mantra at least 108 times.
  • A comparatively lengthier procedure also includes sitting with a glass of water that has to be covered with the right palm.
  • The mantra should be recited 1008 times and then a spoon of water should given to each family member as Prasad. The rest of the water should then be sprinkled in every corner of the house.
  • Sometimes the Jaap has to be done more than a lakh times, for which a pandit is appointed who does a Yagna or Hom and recites the mantra alongside. The repetition allows the creation of awareness and the healing angels enter our bodies through nourishing food and thoughts.

Maha Mrityunjaya Jaap Muhurat

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.

Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra

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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