Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra : A Remedy for Suffering, Illness, Fear and Death

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Mahamrityunjaya Mantra

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The Mahamrityunjaya Mantra (महामृत्युंजय मंत्र), also called the Tryambakam Mantra, is a mantra from Rigveda known to give knowledge of the Self including  omniscience (infinite knowledge), omnipotence (unlimited power), omnipresence (present everywhere), omnibenevolence (perfect goodness), divine simplicity, and eternal and necessary existence.

English Translation:

“We worship the three-eyed One (Lord Shiva) who is fragrant and who nourishes all beings. May He liberate us from death for the sake of immortality, just as the cucumber is severed from its bondage to the creeper.”

Mahamrityunjaya Mantra meaning great death conquering mantra slowly and gradually removes traces of ignorance which often brings about suffering of various kinds, illness, fear, accidents and death itself. Self realization brings an awareness that body and mind itself are temporary and transitory in nature, but Self is never born and never dies.

Some easily observable effects of this mantra meditation are stillness and a calm mind, peace, joy and love.  A person who meditates regularly on this mantra receives grace of Lord Shiva and remains established as a silent witness of ALL THAT IS.

Astrological importance of Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra:

This mantra should be recited when a person is going through a tough and challenging phase. Additionally it’s help can be sought to get some relief from following issues:

  • Difficult periods indicated in a person’s birth chart including:
    • Dashas and antadashas of death inflicting planets(marak periods) and functionally malefic planets.
    • Difficult transits of Rahu, Ketu or Saturn especially over Luminaries, that is, natal Sun and Moon.
    • When transiting Jupiter moves through one’s 8th House.
    • Weak and inauspicious Moon as indicated in one’s birth chart.
  • Incurable diseases, health problems, fear, anxiety and low state of confidence and self-esteem.
  • Financial losses, conflicts and poor economic condition.
  • Natural disasters or when one’s country/state is in a state of turmoil and distress.
  • Spiritual progress and grace of Lord Shiva.

Many astrological classics including Bṛhat Parāśara Horāśāstra have mentioned use of Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra to obtain peace and relief in difficult situations. Famous Indian astrologer Shri K.N. Rao has provided many instances of successful results obtained through this mantra. See these astrological cases here, here and here.

Author of this article has also witnessed the power of this mantra at various occasions including:

  • Quick health recovery of an aged person. The person was hospitalized and his body weight fall down quickly by more than 15kgs. An astrologer advised recitation of Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra. After successful completion of the astrological remedy, the person quickly recovered and is enjoying a healthy life still today.
  • A person suffering with a major depression problem started reciting this mantra and worship of Lord Shiva, soon he recovered and there is much positivity around him. He has now become a devotee of Lord Shiva.


  1. What is the Mahamrityunjaya Mantra?
    • It’s a verse from the Rigveda that’s believed to protect against troubles and aid in spiritual growth.
  2. How does the Mahamrityunjaya Mantra help?
    • It aids in overcoming fear, illness, and uncertainties by promoting inner peace and realization of the eternal self.
  3. When should one recite the Mahamrityunjaya Mantra?
    • The Mahamrityunjaya Mantra can be recited at any time; however, certain times are considered more auspicious and conducive for spiritual practices in Hindu tradition. Early morning, especially during the Brahma Muhurta (approximately 1.5 hours before sunrise), is deemed highly favorable for mantra recitation. This time is believed to be filled with sattvic qualities, fostering peace, clarity, and spiritual energy.
    • Additionally, Mondays are traditionally dedicated to Lord Shiva, making them particularly auspicious for chanting the Mahamrityunjaya Mantra. Special occasions like Maha Shivaratri, the night dedicated to Shiva, and the month of Shravan (July-August), which is sacred to him, are also highly auspicious times for recitation. During these periods, the mantra’s power and the grace of Lord Shiva are believed to be magnified, offering profound spiritual benefits and protection to the devotee.
    • Ultimately, the intention and devotion behind the recitation are more significant than the time of day. Regular and sincere chanting, regardless of the time, is said to yield profound spiritual benefits and fulfill the mantra’s purpose.
  4. Can anyone recite the Mahamrityunjaya Mantra?
    • Yes, it’s beneficial for anyone looking to find peace, health, and spiritual growth.
  5. Can a woman chant this mantra during her periods?
    • Yes, a woman can chant the Mahamrityunjaya Mantra during her periods while observing traditional restrictions placed on women during their menstrual cycle, such as not entering temples or touching ritual objects like Japa Mala (prayer beads). These restrictions stem from cultural beliefs regarding purity and the physical aspects of the menstrual cycle.
    • Devotees should note that the Mahamrityunjaya Mantra operates on a deeper, spiritual level, influencing the Causal body as described in the Doctrine of Three Bodies in Vedanta. This doctrine distinguishes between the Physical (Gross) body, the Astral (Subtle) body, and the Causal body, emphasizing that true spiritual practices and benefits transcend the physical state. Given that the mantra’s impact is on the spiritual and not the physical plane, it can be chanted by anyone, regardless of their physical condition, including women during their menstrual cycle. This practice is about connecting with the divine and seeking spiritual growth, which is not bound by the physical limitations or cultural restrictions associated with the body.

  1. Author
    Ask Oracle August 23rd, 2017

    This is normal and an indication of changes to your mind and body. However, mantra sounds are powerful and have to be taken as medicine not as a full meal. Never ever do spiritual practises without proper guidance and knowledge.

  2. Arpita August 23rd, 2017

    I listen maha mrityunjaya mantra daily. After just few days of listening, my whole body and ankle started spinning. It stopped after 2- 3 days. Can someone explain the reason.

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