Mahamrityunjaya Mantra (meaning great death-conquering mantra) is also called Tryambaka Mantra. This mantra is a verse of the Rigveda (RV 7.59.12). This mantra addresses Tryambaka, “the three-eyed Lord Siva.” This verse is also found in the Yajurveda (TS 1.8.6.i; VS 3.60).
Story about the power of Mahamrityunjaya Mantra:
Long time ago, there lived a sage Mrikandu and his wife Marudvati who were great devotees of Lord Siva. They were childless and prayed Lord Siva to get a child. Hearing their prayers and becoming happy, Lord Siva appeared before them and asked them if they desired an ordinary son who would live a long life or a wise son who would live a short life. The sage and his wife asked for a wise son. Marudvati gave birth to a boy and the sage named the child Markandeya (meaning son of Mrikandu). Markandeya was a very gifted child and he became a Siva devotee in his very early childhood. He had mastered the Mahamrityunjaya Mantra. When the child reached 16 years of age, his parents were so worried about his death. Child realized his time on earth is going to end and he went to a Siva temple and started worshipping Siva Lingam. Yama, god of death arrived. When Markandeya saw Yama, he became frightful and grabbed the Siva Lingam. He asked Lord Siva to protect him from Yama. Yama threw his rope around Markandeya and the rope encircled the Siva Lingam too. Immediately, the Siva Lingam burst open with a big sound and Lord Siva appeared in fiery form. He was so angry that how dare Yama encircle the Siva Lingam with his rope. Lord Siva struck Yama with his Trishoolam and killed Yama. Markandeya was saved from death. Lord Siva blessed Markandeya with eternal life and announced that he will remain 16 years old forever. All the gods assembled at the scene and who had witnessed the event begged Lord Siva to revive Yama, saying otherwise world would be without death. Lord Siva then revived Yama and declared that his devotees will be spared from untimely death by reciting the Mahamrityunjaya Mantra.
Om triyambakam yajāmahe sugandhim pushtivardhanam
urvārukamiva bandhanān mrityormukshiya māmritāt
Om we worship the three-eyed Lord Siva who is naturally fragrant, immensely merciful, and is the protector of his devotees. May he liberate us from all
bondage just like the ripe cucumber easily gets separated from its stalk.
Mahamrityunjaya Mantra is the great mantra for conquering death. It protects us against all threats. It is one of the very powerful ancient mantras.
Continuous chanting of this mantra help us reach enlightenment and purify all our karmas. This mantra gives us mental, emotional, and physical wellbeing. It
This mantra bring us longevity and immortality. Repetition of this mantra improves our concentration and leads to better awareness of the divinity within us
and all the living and nonliving things.
Mahamrityunjaya Mantra can be recited daily and is a very good mantra for Mantra Meditation.
Navaratri is a festival for worshipping Divine Mother Parashakthi. Navaratri is a Sanskrit word, meaning ‘nine nights.’ During these nine nights, Devi is worshipped in nine forms. The tenth day is referred to as Vijayadashami or “Dussehra.”
Devi appears in 3 main forms and 3 gunas as Saraswathi Mata representing Sathva Guna (Jnana shakti), Lekshmi Mata representing Rajo Guna (Kriya shakti), and Durga Matha representing Thamo Guna (Iccha shakti). During navarathi pooja of 9 days, first 3 nights Durga Devi is workshipped, next 3 nights Lekshmi Devi, and the next 3 nights Saraswathi Devi.
In daily life, we can workship Aadiparashakti in the form of Saraswathi for education and knowledge, Lekshmi for wealth and prosperity in life, and Durga for giving us courage and to remove all negativity.
Durga Devi is also worshipped under nine different names for the nine days in Navratri. These are Shailaputhri, Brahmachartini, Chandraghanta, Kushmanda, Skandamaata, Kaatyayani, Kaalratri, Mahagauri, and Siddhidaatri.
I got this beautiful and meaningful story from a Satsang group and I like to share it with you all. It is good story to remind us the value of our life.
A man went to Guru Nanak Sahib and asked, “What’s the value of life?”
Gurunanak ji gave him one stone and said, “Find out the value of this
stone, but don’t sell it.”
The man took the stone to an Orange Seller and asked him what its
cost would be.
The Orange Seller saw the shiny stone and said, “You ca take 12
oranges and give me the stone.”
The man apologized and said that the guru has asked him not to sell it.
He went ahead and found a vegetable seller. “What could be the value
of this stone?” he asked the vegetable seller.
The seller saw the shiny stone and said, “Take one sack of potatoes
and give me the stone.”
The man again apologized and said he can’t sell it.
Further ahead, he went into a jewelery shop and asked the value of the
The jeweler saw the stone under a lens and said, “I’ll give you 50 Lakhs
for this stone.” When the man shook his head, the jeweler said, “Alright,
alright, take 2 crores, but give me the stone.”
The man explained that he can’t sell the stone.
Further ahead, the man saw a precious stone’s shop and asked the
seller the value of this stone.
When the precious stone’s seller saw the big ruby, he lay down a red
cloth and put the ruby on it. Then he walked in circles around the ruby
and bent down and touched his head in front of the ruby. “From where
did you bring this priceless ruby from?” he asked. “Even if I sell the
whole world, and my life, I won’t be able to purchase this priceless
Stunned and confused, the man returned to the guru and told him what
had happened. “Now tell me what is the value of life, guru ji?”
Gurunanak said, “The answers you got from the Orange Seller, the
Vegetable Seller, the Jeweler & the Precious Stone’s Seller explain the
value of our life… You may be a precious stone, even priceless, but
people will value you based on their financial status, their level of
information, their belief in you, their motive behind entertaining you,
their ambition, and their risk taking ability. But don’t fear, you will surely
find someone who will discern your true value.”
You are also Unique.
No one can Replace you!