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.