Maha Mrityunjay Mantra – Meaning

Categories : Spirituality

Yajurveda is available in two branches known as Krishna (black) Yajurveda and Shukla (white Yajurveda) both of them have many recensions (Sakha) the Maha Mrityunjay mantra is found in both Krishna and Shukla Yajurveda.

Swami Dayanand Saraswati collected hymns in praise of Vedic God Rudra from the Taittiriya Sakha of Krishna Yajurveda which has been published as Sri Rudram. We have taken help from Sri Rudram.

Rudra has been depicted as a dangerous archer God in Vedas. He is described as a mountain dweller whose arrows brought disease. He was an object of fear but he was also the guardian of all the healing herbs. He was appeased for security and good health.

Rudra has transformed into Shiva in the Pauranic phase of the Hindu religion. Shiva is, however, of the same type associated with destruction and dissolution. He can be a merrily dancing ‘Nataraja” as well as a manifestation of extreme anger engaged in “Tandava”.

The Mahamrityunja mantra is a potent mantra which bestows victory over death. This mantra is recommended for chanting for saving lives, for recovery of patients even in ICUs (Intensive Care Units) as well as for award of good health.

This mantra is also in old Vedic Sanskrit but it should be memorized for chanting because the mantra increases the confidence manifolds.

त्र्यम्बकं यजामहे सुगन्धिं पुष्टिवर्धनम् |

उर्वारुकमिव बन्धनान्मृत्योर्मुक्षीय मामृतात् ||

Aum Tryambakam yajamahe sugandhim pustivardhanam

Urvarukum iva bandhananmrtyormuksiya mamrtat.

Tryambakam – the one who has three eyes;

Yajamahe – we worship;

Sugandhim – who has fragrance;

Pusti-vardhanam – who nourishes health;

Urvarukam – water-melon;

Iva – like;

Bandhanat – from the bondage;

Mrtyoh – from death;

Muksiya – I should get released;

Ma – not;

Amrtat – from immortality


We worship the three-eyed Lord, the fragrant one who nourishes our health. Just like the water-melon (that gets released from the creeper), free me from death, but not from immortality.