Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra Story
Rishi Markandeya was, according to a myth, the only one on earth who understood this mantra. Once upon a time, King Daksha put the Moon in distress. Rishi Markandeya offers Sati, the girl of Daksha, the Maha Mritryunjaya Mantra for the Moon.
According to another variant, this is the Bija mantra disclosed to Rishi Kahola, provided to sage Sukracharya by Lord Shiva, who instructed it to Rishi Dadhichi, who brought it to King Kshuva, through whom it entered the Shiva Purana.
This chant is also called the Rudra mantra, referring to Shiva’s angry appearance; the Tryambakam mantra, referring to Shiva’s three eyes; and it is sometimes referred to as the Mitra-Sanjivini mantra (lit., “Reviver of the Dead”) because it is an element of the exercise of “life-restoring” provided to the primordial sage Šukracharya after an exhausting era of austerity. His Devata is Rudra, i.e. Shiva in his most fierce and harmful Roopa or form.
ॐ त्र्यं॑बकं यजामहे सु॒गन्धिं॑ पुष्टि॒वर्ध॑नम् ।
उ॒र्वा॒रु॒कमि॑व॒ बन्ध॑नान् मृ॒त्योर् मुक्षीय॒ माऽमृता॑त् ।
In English Words
‘Om tryaṁbakaṁ yajāmahē sugandhiṁ puṣṭivardhanam.
Urvārukamiva bandhanān mr̥tyōr mukṣīya mā̕mr̥tāt.
Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra Importance
It is said to be useful to mental, emotional and physical wellness and to be a longevity and immortality moksha mantra.
According to some Puranas, during the moment when Chandra endured from Prajapati Daksha’s curse, the Mahamrityunjaya Mantra was used by many rishis as well as Sati.
By reciting this mantra, the impact of Daksha’s curse that could cause him to die slowed down, and then Shiva took Chandra and put it on his head.
This mantra is directed to Shiva in order to guard against premature death.
It is also chanted while smearing Vibhuti across different areas of the body and used to obtain required outcomes in Japa or Homa (havan).
While its energy preserves and drives the initiates, a mantra re-links consciousness to its greater and more enduring nature, and mantra repeat represents Japa, whose exercise creates concentration leading to a conversion of consciousness.
While the Gayatri Mantra is intended for purification and religious instruction, the Mahamrityunjaya Mantra is intended for rejuvenation and nutritional healing.