ॐ त्र्यम्बकं यजामहे
सुगन्धिं पुष्टिवर्धनम् |
उर्वारुकमिव
बन्धनान्मृत्योर्मुक्षीय
माऽमृतात् ||

Om Tryambakam yajaamahe
sugandhim pushtivardhanam |
Urvaarukamiva
bandhanaan-mrityormuksheeya
maamritaat ||

Meaning of Mahamrityunjaya Mantra

हम त्रिनेत्र को पूजते हैं,
जो सुगंधित हैं, हमारा पोषण करते हैं,
जिस तरह फल, शाखा के बंधन से मुक्त हो जाता है,
वैसे ही हम भी मृत्यु और नश्वरता से मुक्त हो जाएं।

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.

Meditation

Origin of Mahamrityunjaya Mantra

There are three interesting stories associated with the origin of Mahamrityunjaya mantra.

One story is associated with Rishi Markandeya, the son of sage Mrikandu. An astrologer told his father about the premature death of his child and he advised his child to worship Lord Shiva and this mantra was then revealed unto him.

The second story is associated with Shukracharya, the spiritual master of the demons. Lord Shiva revealed this mantra to him as Sanjeevani Vidya or the art of resurrection.

The third story relates to the portion of Rigveda in which it is found. That portion is said to have been composed by Maharishi Vashishtha.