Mahamrityunjaya Mantra

The Mahamrityunjaya Mantra, also referred to as Rudra Mantra or Tryambakam Mantra, occurs in three of the ancient Vedic scriptures: Rig Veda (7.59.12), Yajur Veda (3.60), and Atharva Veda (14.17). Roughly translated, maha means “great,” mṛtyun means “death,” and jaya means “conquering.” It is a beckoning to Śiva. This mantra has many purposed benefits but was given to me as means of removing negative emotion associated with death.


ॐ त्र्यम्बकं यजामहे सुगन्धिं पुष्टिवर्धनम् । उर्वारुकमिव बन्धनान् मृत्योर्मुक्षीय मामृतात् ॥

Oṃ tryambakaṁ yajāmahe sugandhiṁ puṣṭivardhanam । urvārukamiva bandhanān mṛtyormukṣīya māmṛtāt ॥

Om We worship the three-eyed One, who is fragrant and who nourishes all. Like the fruit falls off from the bondage of the stem, may we be liberated from death, from mortality.


  • tri त्रि - three
  • ambaka अम्बक - eye
  • yaj यज् - to worship
  • yajāmahe यजामहे - we worship
  • sugandhi सुगन्धि - fragrant
  • puṣṭi पुष्टि - well nourished
  • vardhana वर्धन - increasing
  • urvāru उर्वारु - cucumber
  • iva इव - like, in the same manner
  • bandhana बन्धन - binding, tying, fettering
  • mṛtyu मृत्यु - death, dying
  • mṛtyoḥ मृत्योः - from death
  • muc मुच् - to let loose, release, liberate
  • mukṣīya मुक्षीय - may I be liberated
  • mā मा - not
  • amṛta अमृत - immortal
  • amṛtāt अमृतात् - from immortality