Lord Shiva Mantras
Lord Shiva is a very famous deity around the world. While he is mainly worshipped in India, Nepal and Sri Lanka, he also has a large following across continents. As his popularity increases every year so do the number of people chanting Lord Shiva Mantras
There are numerous Lord Shiva mantras that can be chanted to evoke and satisfy this almighty god. One of the most famous Lord Shiva mantras is the Mahamrityunjaya Mantra or the great death-conquering mantra. It is also called the Triambakam Mantra for it is dedicated to Triambakam or the three eyed one. After the Gayatri Mantra, this is the most well known and widely chanted mantra around the world. The Mahamrityunjaya Mantra can be found in the Rig Veda and is dedicated to the god Rudra who was later called Lord Shiva.
There is a great story behind the Mahamrityunjaya Mantra. This mantra was only known to the great sage Rishi Markandey. Once when the Moon God was in great peril upon being cursed by King Daksh, the great sage divulged the mantra to Sati, Daksh’s daughter and she was able to save the Moon God. It was the first time this mantra was shared and was then passed on to the rest of humanity so that every devotee could call upon and satisfy Lord Shiva and gain his blessing for a better world.
The Mahamrityunjaya Mantra is said to be the perfect chant for enlightenment. It is said to have the ability to wipe away the bad karmas or bad deeds of every individual and rejuvenate the the body and the mind. The mantra also gives its chanter health, wealth, happiness and a long life. The power of the Mahamrityunjaya Mantra is believed to increase greatly when it is chanted in a group.
In Devnagri, the Mahamrityunjaya Mantra is:
Phonetically, the Mahamrityunjaya Mantra is:
Om tryambakaṃ yajāmahe sugandhiṃ puṣṭi-vardhanam
urvārukam iva bandhanān mṛtyormukṣīya māmṛtāt
The simple translation of the Mahamrityunjaya Mantra is “Three-eyed one, I meditate on you, who increase fragrance and nourishment. From powerful disease, bondage and death free us into immortality.”