Mahamrityunjaya mantra-meaning-importance-benefits

Mahamrityunjaya Mantra


Being born in India is a blessing by God I believe. Where we were raised by watching mythological TV serials like Om Namah Shivaay, Ramayan, Jai Hanuman, Shree Krishna, and a lot more. And almost every home in India has a dedicated corner for doing Puja. So, Hinduism is not only a religion, rather it is the way of life. But our own culture has faded with time. We perform prayers but somehow we have forgotten the true essence of it. I will try to re-emphasize the importance of the Mahamrityunjaya Mantra and its powerful impact on our life in this post.


What is Mahamrityunjaya Mantra?

Lord Shiva is one of the principal deities of Hinduism. There are a lot of ways to worship him as mentioned in Veda and Puran. Chanting mantra is the most powerful way to connect with the supreme being and dedicate yourself to Lord Shiva. There are many mantras and each has its own set of benefits. I am specifically writing about the Mahamrityunjaya Mantra as we all are going through immense negativity all around. This is a powerful life-restoring healing mantra also known by Rudra Mantra, Trayambak Mantra, or Sanjeevani mantra. This was given by Lord Shiva to sage Shukracharya and later it reached Shiva Puraan and 3 Vedic scriptures ie Rig Veda, Yajur Veda, and Atharv Veda.

The powerful Mahamrityunjaya mantra was given by Sage Markandeya to Sati to save the life of Moon who was once cursed by King Daksha. You can find a lot of stories from our scriptures about how it has saved the lives of many. Now days also sages adopt this mantra as part of their daily sadhana.


ॐ त्र्य॑म्बकं यजामहे सु॒गन्धिं॑ पुष्टि॒वर्ध॑नम् ।
उर्वारुकमिव बन्ध॑नान् मृ॒त्योर्मुक्षीय॒ मा ऽमृता॑त् ।

oṃ tryambakaṃ yajāmahe sugandhiṃ puṣṭi-vardhanam
urvārukam iva bandhanān mṛtyor mukṣīya mā ‘mṛtāt


Meaning of Mahamrityunjaya Mantra

We worship Shiva – The three-eyed Lord, who is fragrant and nourishes and grows all beings. As the ripened cucumber is liberated from its bondage to the creeper when it fully ripens, may Shiva liberate us from, for the sake of immortality.

Word by word meaning

oṃ- is a sacred/mystical syllable in Hinduism.

tryambakaṃ- the third-eyed one

yajāmahe- we worship, honor.

sugandhiṃ- sweet fragrance as the spiritual essence

puṣṭi- nourishment, wealth, perfection vardhanam– one who nourishes and strengthens

urvārukam-  fruit cucumber iva- like

bandhanān- from the bondage, limitation

mṛtyor+ mukṣīya  May I be free from death/fear of death

mā ‘mṛtāt free from death and birth cycle for the sake of immortality


Through this powerful mantra, we bow down to the lotus feet of Lord Shiva to free us from the untimely death or any kind of problems and help us to release from the cycle of births and deaths. A beautiful example of cucumber is given in this mantra that it leaves its bondages without any effort. Similarly, we pray to Lord Shiva to give his blessings so that we can also rise above from bondages, attachments of temporary materialism and can be united with God by attaining Nirvana.

Significance and Benefits of Mahamrityunjaya Mantra

It is the collection of high energy words when chanted in proper rhythm creates positive and divine vibrations around the body of the chanter which acts as a protective shield for devotee.

  1. Mahamrityunjaya Mantra is the life-saving mantra from the untimely death or any fear.
  2. This is the most powerful healing mantra which has been adopted from ancient times till now.
  3. It has the power to give health, wealth, peace, prosperity, or salvation by first eliminating all the problems.
  4. It has been tested on patients when all medical treatments failed and chanting or playing the mantra around the patient has done wonders in their lives.
  5. The divine vibrations of this mantra are not only for treating diseases but also removes any fear, anxiety or mental illness and keeps away from any negative energy.
  6. This mantra brings happiness, peace, calmness, and consciousness in the mind of a chanter.
  7. It will work in subtle ways, not necessarily it will affect directly in materialism. but it will give you enough mental strength, power, and virtues of Lord Shiva.
  8. This is also called Moksha Mantra where one can connect with the highest supreme with the help of this mantra. Understand the meaning of the last line of mantra which says freedom from the cycle of life-death and attain salvation.
  9. Devotee receives blessings of Lord Shiva which is the most beautiful thing

This mantra is self-sufficient in every aspect whose glory can not be described in this post.


How and When to chant Mantra?

  • Anyone who has faith in Lord Shiva can chant this mantra as there is no limitation on age, gender, or caste.
  • Chanting this mantra in Brahmuhrat (4 to 6 AM) is considered as the best time. If not possible, then do it after taking a bath.
  • Choose Rudraksha mala for chanting as it represents Lord Shiva himself and considered very auspicious.
  • At least 1 mala per day ie 108 times of chanting is recommended by sages and one must have a focus on its meaning while chanting. After sometimes, one can easily feel the vibrations of this powerful mantra.
  • If possible then one can have a daily havan of at least 1/10th times of count recited on mala. It will additionally purify the home atmosphere.
  • Recite the mantra 3 times before taking medicines, stepping out of home, or before sleeping. It will keep you safe from any sort of negativity.
  • But that’s not sufficient I believe. You have to have full faith in Lord Shiva that he is giving you blessings through this mantra. And then it will do wonders for you. And after that, there is no rule. You can chant anywhere anytime.


Thank you so much for reading my article. I would request you to chant this mantra whenever wherever possible as everyone is fighting against Corona these days. Some are affected directly and some indirectly where some degree of fear is residing in mind. So, chanting this mantra will give protection against such problems. Do it for yourself, your family, and the whole world.

I would like to hear your thoughts on this post. May Lord Shiv help you to overcome all obstacles and uplift your life.


Have a look at my previous article on Shiva Tandav Stotram for its meaning, story, and benefits. Also, you can browse for articles on Kailash Mansarovar.

Source: I have written this article with the help of many discourses I listen especially by Anandmurti Gurumaa

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12 thoughts on “Mahamrityunjaya mantra-meaning-importance-benefits

  1. Beautifully written piece of knowledge.. thanks for sharing this with us.. Om namah Shivaya.. 🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼

  2. Hi,
    I really liked the article. My father, Archarya, Vivek Shri Kaushik, is also a Spiritual Counselor and tells about power of mantras and meditation in our lives. Hence, I could related more with the information. Thanks again for sharing wonderful thoughts and findings. Keep sharing and enlightening others.


    1. Thank you so much Vilakshan. I am really glad you liked the article.
      I just tried to write what I believe and experienced the powers of mantra. Need readers like you so that I can write more of such content by blessings of supreme being.
      Thanks again 🙂 OM NAMAH SHIVAAYA

    1. Thanks Mouli for going through the post in detail. Would request you to share it 🙂

    1. Thank you Dhiraj for your kind appreciation. I have seen alot of changes in myself when I started absorbing the essence of this powerful mantra.
      Om Namah Shivaya 🙂

  3. Can I chant the mantra in my mind for someone else. Is it compulsory to recite it 108 times. Can I chant how much I can. Will it still be effective for the other person even though he is not hearing it. But he is a devotee of lord Shiva

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