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An insight into the meaning of Lord Shiva’s Maha-Mritunjay Mantra

Dr. Shanker Adawal (Jyotishaacharya, PHD, MBA)

1)  The deity one worships is also known, among other matters of life, from the birth Chart. A look at the birth chart would indicate the position of Lagna Lord, Jupiter, 5th Lord and also 9th Lord. All these factors combined with aspect of the Lagna Lord, 5th Lord and 9th Lord and by these planets on each other does help in knowing the spiritual-cum-religious bent of mind of then native. Further, persons born with Jupiter in 5th house or 9th house automatically get to the worship of Lord Shiva in one form of the other. Some say that Jupiter in Lagna also gives the same bent of mind and the natives get the institutive powers. Without multiplying the astrological principles, the delineation and analysis of the Mantra of Lord Shiva would be helpful for all to know the inbuilt strength in the Mantra and how it is useful in every walk of life.

2)      Recitation of Mantra has come to us from ancient times and the power of a Mantra as laid down in Vedas, Tantra Shastras and other scriptures are well known. Rather, it would be apt to say that taking refuge in Mantras has come to stay as a way of life. Mantra has come to stay as a way of life. Mantra may be small or it may be a big and the smallest. The smallest and single but very powerful word id 'Aum' and small mantra can be 'Om Namah Shivaya', little lengthy Mantra can be Maha Mritunjaya Mantra or Gayatri Mantra and still we have more lengthy Mantras of Lord Ganesha and other forces.

3)      Mantras have been recognized as one of the efficacious means to invoke the blessing of specific deity and the results achieved have to be with the devotion of the native concerned (Sadhaka's devotion) and I would say that if a Mantra is recited without expecting any reward, the results would be more beneficial and automatic.

4)      Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra can overcome untimely death – rather it can help the native to come out of the jaws of death and also get rid of death-like troubles. In addition, recitation of this Mantra can help the native to get any thing including getting children, prosperity, property, weather, health, getting success in education, getting promotion and prosperity in business or profession and prosperity in business or profession in business or profession, in getting happy married life, getting union of the separated couples if they show the intention for re-union, victory over enemies getting favorable judgments in litigation and all matters troubling the native from womb to tomb.

5)      It has been seen that some people, short of enlightenment, question the validity of this Mantra but in my opinion they have not honestly tried this Mantra with the needed devotion or they this Mantra with the needed devotion or they have not come in contact with genuine persons who could give guidance. Mantras are not mere letters or group of letters but they have the divine force in their vibrations when recited. Lord Shiva himself said in 'Chandi Vidana'.

6)      Here it is considered apt to refer to an episode in Shiva in the context of Lord Shiva's Mantra. Sage Dadhicha was struck by King Kshuva by his thunder bold. The broken limbs were joined by Sunkra on invocation by the sage and having performed penance by reciting Mahamrityunjaya Mantra, the Shiva i.e. adamantine bones, immunity from death and absence of distress.

7)      On the basis of material published  in various books about his Manta, it is stated that Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra consisting of 62 syllables was given to Sukra by Lord Shiva. This Mantra is as under.

Om Haum Om Jum Om Sah Om Bhooh Om Bhuvah Om Svah

Om Trayambakam Yajamahe Sugandhim Pushivardhanam.

Urvaarukamiva Bandhanaan Mrityor Muksheeya Mamritat.

Om Svah Om Bhuvah Om Bhooh Om Sah Om Jum Om Haum Om.

8)      Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra from Yajur Veda consist of 33 syllables and this Mantra as obtained from Yajur Veda in the following from is popularly recited by devotees of Lord Shiva and others.

Om Trayambakam Yajamahe Sugandhim Pushivardhanam. Urvaarukamiva Bandhanaan Mrityor Musksheeya Manritat.

9)      In certain old texts including Prasara Hora, recitation of Mantra had been recommended for overcoming the bad and malefic effects of planets in their period i.e. Dasa. The effect of each malefic and even benefic would depend on the depend on the horoscope. Thus there is need to see the totality of the horoscope and its malefic content on account of sings, planets, strength of planets, how planets improve their position in divisional charts specially in Navamsa and Dasamasa.

10)  The important point which needs consideration is as to when one should commerce recitation of Mrityunjaya Mantra. It will effective if one chooses to commence recitation on the day of one's birth star or the 10th star or the 19th star. Regarding as to how many times, Mantra need to be recited. There is difference of opinion. Deva Keralam in his Chandra Kala Nadi has suggested recitation to this Mantra one crore (ten million times) recitation of this Mantra to get rid of killer diseases and also overcome the danger of untimely death. Others have suggested recitation of one Lakh, one lakh twenty five thousands and the minimum suggestion is to recite this Mantra 108(one hundred eight) times. However, in view of modern times and less time available with the native, one can start recitation of Mantra 11times, 21times, 51 times and so on though every person can spare time if he has the intention to do.

11)  The place for recitation of Mantra is equaled important. Preferably the Mantra should be done in a temple particularly dedicated to Lord Shiva. In the alternative, the place to be selected should be a clean spot or holy premises and the place so selected is called 'Divya Desa'. Further, the place should be pure with clam surroundings. The Mantra of Lord Shiva recited before 'Shiva-Linga' or other image of Lord Shiva can give the results in a short span of time.

12)  The native should start recitation of this Mantra after prayer to Lord Ganesha – the remover of all obstacles for hat not obstacles is faced while starting and during the course of recitation of this Mantra.

13)  The timings for recitation of this Mantra should be regular and not haphazard manner though in the modern times native has to be permitted to recite this Mantra any time any where even while in office during his spare time. What is the needed is devotion of the native reciting this Mantra.

14)  Normally, Brahma Mahurta i.e. about 4.00 A.M is considered beneficial for the recitation of this Mantra. Then at the time of sun-rise when the native should be free after morning ablutions. The native should not sit on the plain floor as the vibrations produced from the Mantra shall be lost. However, the Mantra can be recited while walking or when the native is having some free time and free mind. In other words, the native becomes devoted and he can constantly of on reciting this Mantra to be termed as 'Ajay Japa'. After wearing clean clothes, the native should sit on kusa grass or on a small carpet made of dear skin.

15)  The number of recitation of the Mantra should be uniform and should not be different on different days. One can start even with number 11 or so and this minimum should be done daily to the extent possible. Then the number of recitation can be increased. The native should lead a stick disciplined life in all manners during the period of recitation as per scheduled programme for this Mantra.

16)  Sages have explained the inherent meaning of this auspicious Mantra and some meaning of the words of this Mantra are as under:

  • 'Tryambakam' denotes one under whose reign exist three mothers-creators of the universe i.e. Ichacha Sakti, Kriya Sakti and Gnama Sakti.
  • 'Aum' consisting of three syllables is also three eyes of Lord Shiva.
  • 'Sugandhim' lord instills auspiciousness everywhere.
  • 'Pushti Vardhanam' lord endowed with the power of increasing; 'Pushit' strength and potency. It also means Lakshmi.
  • 'Yajaamahe means that the devotee surrenders/himself to the Lord. 'Yagya is a sacrifice offered to the relevant deity with specific now.
  • 'Muksheeys' Mam Amritaat with recitation of this Mantra, the native shall establish a relationship with the Lord and if once with the Lord, the relationship may not be broken.

17)  Mantra of Lord shiva is also connected with energies of the Lord direction – wise:

-East-energy flowing from East is called Ambika (Trayamabakam Yajaamahe.)
-South-energy flowing from south is called (VAAA-Sugandhim puthtivardhanam).
-West-energy flowing from west is called Lord Mahadeva (Urvaarukmiva Branhanaan)
-North-energy flowing from North is called Draupadi of Lord Sanjeevaneessa. (Muksheeya Maamaritat).

18) As is known, the Mantra is in two lines. The first line introduces Lord Shiva along with Gauri placed in the right leg of the native. The 2nd line introduces Lord Vyapinesa (Shiva) located in the left leg of the native. The two lines combined the entire Mantra denote Lord Shiva as Sarvaakhyesa in the company of this energy called 'Anaakhya spread all-over the body.

19) Mahamrityunjaya Mantra is the most auspicious Mantra as-per Vedas. Daily recitation of this Mantra alone is sufficient to ward off all evils and curses and has the divine strength to save the native from all difficulties and hurdles of life. The devoted recitation of this Mantra bestows health, wealth and power and also saves the native from 'akal mrityu' or utimely death. This Mantra is also known as Amrti Sanjivani Nitya Mantra. For attaining 'vidya' (education), and also for fulfillment of other desires, recite the Mntra while pouring sweetened milk on Shiva Lagna.

20)  If you want to recite Mantra of Lord Shiva or to do any other remedy via Mantra it is suggested that in Hindu Shastras, remedy should be carried out for a minimum of 40 days and maximum for 43 day continuously. Recitation should be done by the native personally and not by other though in the case of sick person, recitation may be done by others.


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