Om Tryambakam Yajamahe Mantra - Lyrics, Meaning And Benefits
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Om Tryambakam Yajamahe Mantra – Lyrics, Meaning And Benefits

Om Tryambakam Yajamahe Mantra - Lyrics, Meaning And Benefits

Mahamrityunjaya mantra, also known as Great Death-conquering mantra, Rudra mantra (Rudra refers to Lord Shiva), or Om Tryambakam Yajamahe mantra, is a verse of the ancient Rigveda and is said to have been created by Rishi Markandeya.

This mantra is occasionally known as the Mrita-Sanjivini mantra due to its component of the “life-restoring” spiritual practice given to the sage Shukra. This Sanskrit mantra is addressed to Supreme Lord Shiva for protection from death and other sufferings.

Rudra mantra is a combination of 3 Sanskrit words:

  • “Maha” that literally translates as ”Great.”
  • “Mrityun” that literally translates as ”Death.”
  • “Jaya” that literally translates as ”Victory,” ”Conquer” or ”Victory over death.”

Mrityunjaya mantra complete lyrics:

”Om Tryambakam Yajamahe Sugandhim Pushtivardhanam Urvarukamiva Bandhanan Mrityor Mukshiya Maamritat.”

Om tryambakam yajamahe sugandhim pushtivardhanam meaning and translation in English:    

”We meditate on the Three-eyed reality, that nourishes and permeates all like a fragrance. May we not be without the nectar of immortality. May we be free from the bondage of death.”

Om – it is said to be the seed of all of the entire creation. Om is considered an ancient Sanskrit “word” which was first felt by yogis as they were in a deep meditative state. This seed mantra is believed to be the sound produced by the cosmic vibration that followed the creation of the universe. Furthermore, Om is the mantra representing the ultimate Reality and is at the beginning of the majority of all Sanskrit mantras.

Tryambakam – symbolizes the Three-eyed One (Lord Shiva) who sees what we can not see but who also sees what we can see. Lord Shiva, also known as Maheshwara, The Destroyer, Mahadeva, or Parmeshwara, is one of the 3 deities of the Hindu Triumvirate. The ‘third eye’ symbolizes how we practice meditation and allows Lord Shiva to improve our perception of the world and to refine our energies. Reciting Sanskrit mantras dedicated to Lord Shiva with devotion, sincere love, and a correct pronunciation will start to awaken within you, your true spiritual nature.

Yajamahe – translates as ”we worship, honor, adore, revere.”

Sugandhim – translates as ”sweet fragrant, fragrance.”

Pushtivardhanam – translates as ”the prosperity-increaser” or ”the one who nourishes someone else.”

Urvarukamiva – translates as ”similar to the melon, cucumber or a big peach.”

Bandhanan – translates as ”bound down to the untruth, suffering, and ignorance.”

Mrityor Mukshiya – represents ”free or liberate from death.”

Maamritat – represents ”immortality.”

Benefits of reciting Mahamrityunjay mantra   

This ancient mantra has numerous applications especially for individuals who are suffering from some serious conditions or have an intense fear of sudden death. We know physical immortality is not truly possible but an extension of life can be given by the powers of Lord Shiva. It also purifies and dissolves the negative actions on a profound level.

Furthermore, this mantra is effective for emotional, mental, energetical and physical health. Some advanced practitioners say that when this popular mantra is recited daily with a sincere heart and deep contemplation, the knowledge and wisdom of Samsara (the birth and death cycle) is completely revealed to the practitioner.

In addition, a daily practice with this death-conquering mantra will protect the practitioner from accidents, negative actions, sudden death, misfortunes of any kind, famine, unexplained situations, and calamity. Moreover, Rudra mantra is believed to be a potent remedy to propitiate Saturn (Lord Shani). Shani is one of the nine Navagrahas that are the main celestial beings in the Hindu tradition. Lord Shani occupies the 7th place among the 9 Navagrahas.

Rudra mantra and Gayatri mantra are considered the most important Sanskrit mantras used for meditation and contemplation in Hinduism. Nevertheless, this mantra is used for nurturance, healing and dissolving the fear of death, while Gayatri Mantra is practiced for spiritual guidance and purification.

How to use Great Death-conquering mantraMrita-Sanjivini mantra

#1 Find a comfortable and quiet space. Try to be in a place with a minimum amount of light and noise (turn off your mobile phone). It is recommended that you regularly practiced in the same area.

#2 Sit with your spine straight. There are a few classical seated poses, but Easy Cross-Legged Pose (better known as Sukhasana) is clearly the most basic. The goal is to sit with your back as upright as possible while still remaining relatively comfortable.

#3 Close your eyes. Place your palms facing up in jnana mudra with your palms facing down to calm the mind or facing up to open your awareness. Take a few deep breaths. This will help to still your mind. Then, continue to breathe at the usual pace.

#4 Start to repeat the mantra silently 108 times, moving one bead at a time. 108 is important because it has a great mathematical calculation. Although even 108 recitations of Rudra mantra gives the desired results, it is recommended 41 days of practice of 10 complete malas per day to get the desired effects. The slower the mantra recitation, the higher the vibration and the effects of the mantra.

#5 During the mantra recitation you must concentrate on the third eye position (Ajna chakra) and gradually you will start feeling the positive energy moving in this energy center.

#6 Finish the practice by sitting still for five to 10 minutes, just observing your breath.

Rudra mantra tips

Practicing mantra meditation early in the morning (before sunrise) is an ideal time for practice. It will help you to enter the day with a greater degree of calmness and equanimity. Nevertheless, you can chant this Sanskrit mantra any time of the day.

For optimum results, mantra meditation requires a daily and serious practice. However, it is a simple spiritual technique which can bring many positive transformations into your life.

While you’re reciting the mantra, it’s essential to keep in mind the core meaning of the mantra…in this case, the conquering of fear of death.

When you notice you are lost in thoughts (mind wandering) during mantra chanting, just notice it, don’t be attached to the thoughts and slowly bring your full awareness back to the mantra.


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  1. Jitender Sharma

    March 18, 2018 at 12:18 pm

    Very well explained.

    Many Thanks for sharing

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