oṃ tryambakaṃ yajāmahe sugandhiṃ puṣṭivardhanam urvārukamiva bandhanān mṛtyormukṣīyamāmṛtāt (Maha Mrityunjaya)


oṃ tryambakaṃ yajāmahe sugandhiṃ puṣṭivardhanam urvārukamiva bandhanān mṛtyormukṣīyamāmṛtāt  
(IAST)
ॐ त्र्यम्बकं यजामहे सुगन्धिंम् पुष्टिवर्धनम् ।
उर्वारुकमिव बन्धनान् मृत्योर्मुक्षीय मामृतात् ।।
[OM TRY-UM-BAH-KUM YA-JAH-MAH-HAY SOO-GAHN-DIM POOSH-TEE VAHR-DAH-NAHM OOR-VAHR-OO-KUH-MEE-VAH BAHN-DAHN-AHN MRIT-YOUR MOOK-SHEE-YAH MAHM-REE-TAHT]

Shelter me, O three-eyed Lord Shiva. Bless me with health and immortality and sever me from the clutches of death, even as a cucumber is cut from its creeper.”


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Background of the Maha Mrityunjaya mantra

Shiva appeared to the boy and made this pronouncement: “It is true that your karma decrees that you must die at the age of sixteen. However, you have not yet quite reached your sixteenth birthday. It is still a few minutes away. Therefore, I stop your aging process at this very moment. You shall not get any older. Thus, death may never claim you.”Following his announcement, Shiva disappeared. Even to this day in classical Hindu studies, Markandeya is referred to as one of the ever-living masters whose abode is high up in the Himalayas.

Around this story, in India, has arisen a powerful spiritual discipline that is used to promote healing. Although priests perform pujas and fire ceremonies for others using this mantra, the classical form of the mantra discipline is meant to be performed by the person himself or herself. Called the Maha-Mrityunjaya mantra, which roughly means “great mantra relieving one from death and disease,” this mantra is often referred to in everyday discussions as the Markandeya mantra. It is efficacious for relief of a wide variety of chronic illnesses, including immune system problems.