Maha Mrutyunjay Jap/ Navgraha Jap

Mahamrityunjaya Mantra is the most powerful of all ancient Sanskrit mantras. It is a mantra that has many names and forms. It is called the Rudra mantra, referring to the furious aspect of Shiva; the Tryambakam mantra, alluding to Shivas three eyes; and its is sometimes known as the Mrita-Sanjivini mantra because it is a component of the "life-restoring" practice given to the primordial sage Shukra after he had completed an exhausting period of austerity. The Maha Mrityunjaya mantra is hailed by the sages as the heart of the Veda. Its miraculous effects have been noticed by many who organized the Jaap and Havan for people even on the death bed.

Things needed for Maha Mrityunjaya Jaap?

Pure water or Ganga jal, un-boiled cow milk, curd, ghee, honey (shahad), sugar (gur-shakkar), white cloth, sacred thread (Janeu), betal nuts (supari), leaves of the holy tulsi, bel-patra, dhatura, bhang, white sandal wood (chandan), unbroken rice (akshata), flowers of aak, kanair, wood-apple (bel fruit), thorn-apple (dhatura fruit), dhoop, ashes of funeral pyre, clay lamp, sweets (naivaidya), ritu phal (seasonal fruits), dry-fruits, perfume, saffron, cloves, camphore, sandal wood stick, incense sticks, aloe wood powder stick, sacred thread (yellow and red threads plaited together) usually called kalaawaa, roli, kalash, clothes for priests etc.

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Maha Mrityunjaya mantra was formulated by Shukracharya who is considered to be the Guru of Rakshas (demons). The mantra is in praise of Lord Shiva. None can define the kindness, powers, and greatness of Lord Shiva. The terms “Shiva” or “Sankara” mean Auspicious. “Sam” means “Chitaananda” (Blissful Awareness) and “Kara” means the one who causes it. Sankara is the One who confers Chitaananda on those who take refuge in him or adore him.

The secret of creation is evident from a description of the form of Shiva. The crescent moon on Shiva’s head symbolizes the consciousness in human beings, the Ganga symbolizes the life force and the snakes on Shiva’s body represent the myriad of living beings.

Jaap or Recitation is the Spiritual Practice of devotedly repeating a mantra several times, generally a specified number of times such as 108, while counting the times on a strand of beads called a Jaap mala. Concentration on the meaning of the Jaap mantra is a form of devotional worship of the deity in mind. The Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra connects the devotees with Lord Shiva.


ॐ त्र्यम्बकं यजामहे सुगन्धिं पुष्टिवर्धनम्
उर्वारुकमिव बन्धनान् मृत्योर्मुक्षीय मा मृतात्

Aum tryambakaṃ yajāmahe sugandhiṃ puṣṭivardhanam
urvārukamiva bandhanānmṛtyormukṣīya mā'mṛtāt

Mantra Meaning

ॐ aum = is a sacred/mystical syllable in Sanatan Dharma or Hindu religions, i.e. Hinduism, Jainism, Buddhism and Sikhism.

त्र्यम्बकं tryambakam = the three-eyed one (accusative case), त्रि + अम्बकम् = tri + ambakam = three + eye.

यजामहे yajāmahe = We worship, adore, honour, revere.

सुगन्धिम् sugandhim = sweet fragrance, fragrant (accusative case)

पुष्टि puṣṭi = A well-nourished condition, thriving, prosperous, fullness of life.

वर्धनम् vardhanam = One who nourishes, strengthens, causes to increase (in health, wealth, well-being); who gladdens, exhilarates, and restores health; a good gardener, पुष्टि-वर्धनम् = puṣṭi+vardhanam = पुष्टि: वर्धते अनेन तत् = puṣṭiḥ vardhate anena tat (samas)= The one who nourishes someone else and gives his life fullness.

उर्वारुकमिव urvārukam-iva = like the cucumber or melon (in the accusative case); or like a big peach.

बन्धनान् bandhanān = "from captivity" {i.e. from the stem of the cucumber} (of the gourd); (the ending is actually long a, then -t, which changes to n/anusvara because of sandhi).

मृत्योर्मुक्षीय mṛtyormukṣīya = Free, liberate From death, मृत्यु: + मुक्षीय = mṛtyoḥ + mukṣīya= from death + free (Vedic usage).

मा ∫ मृतात् mā ∫ mṛtāt = मा + अमृतात् = mā + amṛtāt = not + immortality, nectar

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