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11-Shiv Ashtottar Names
The Mantra Devtaa (Deity) is Mrityunjaya (form of Shiv). This Mantra is to be used for meditation and at all times for protection from all evils. There are many Mantra for warding off evils like death and other suffering given in the sacred literature of the Hindu's. The Mantra are also of various types but the Mrityunjaya Mantra has been extolled in sacred literature as being the best. The Beej Mantra is given by Kahol Rishi; The Mantra is in Gayatri Chhand.
This Mantra is addressed to Shiv and is taught in the Rig Ved (Mandal 7, Chapter 59) as well as the Yajur Ved (3.60) showing that it is a Shruti having been received by Maharshi Vashishth. This is the Great Death-Conquering Mantra. It is a Mantra that has many names and forms. It is called, Rudra Mantra referring to the furious aspect of Shiv; the Tryambakam Mantra, alluding to Shiv's three eyes; and its is sometimes known as the Mrit Sanjeevaanee Mantra This Mahaa Mrityunjaya Mantra is from the Rig Ved and needs initiation for attaining Siddhi in human life. Anybody can recite this Mantra and attain good health, release from bondage and other problems facing life. This is the greatest panacea for all evils and can be recited at any time like any other Mahaa Mantra.
I will advise its recitation for forty days both in the morning and evening, after lighting a lamp and sitting in any Yaugik posture suitable to us. Keep a picture ofShiv before your eyes .Recite the Mantra 108 times. This is the greatest work of Vashishth. Before starting this Mantra please get initiation from the Guru and performs Sankalp for reciting this Mantra. It is called Mahaa Mritunjaya Mantra because it is a great death-conquering Mantra. Sometimes it is also known as Mrita-Sanjivani Mantra. The Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra is hailed by the sages as the heart of the Ved. This Mantra holds the highest place along with the Gayatri Mantra among the many Mantra used for contemplation, meditation and liberation of our souls.
It is believed that to
overcome the fear of death, Shiv himself gave humanity the Mahaa Mrityunjaya
Mantra. Maarkandeya recited this Mantra many times and when his age was to be
finished he wrapped Shiv Lingwhile reciting this Mantra and as a result Maarkandeya
got extended his life to forty years. Yam Raaj could not take Rishi with him to
Heaven Such is the effect of this Mantra. The Mahaa Mritunjaya Mantra is as
Shiv is the three eyed god. Shiv is always perfumed. He fosters all the creatures of the Universe. He releases from death for the sake of immortality, as cucumber detaches its bondage from the vine. We worship the same Shiv to liberate ourselves from death.
It is important to understand the meaning of the words as this makes the repetition meaningful and brings forth the desired results.
Om - is not spelt out in the
Rig Ved, but has to be added to the beginning of all Mantra as given in an earlier
Mantra of the Rig Ved addressed to Ganesh the son of Shiv.
Urvaa Rukamiv - 'Urvaa' means "Vishaal" or big and powerful or deadly.
'Aarookam' means 'Disease'. Thus Urvaa Rukamiv means deadly and overpowering diseases.
(The cucumber interpretation given in various places is also correct for thi word.
The diseases are also of three kinds caused by the influence (in the negative) of the
three Gun's and are because of ignorance (A-Vidyaa etc), falsehood (A-Sat ) as even
though Vishnu is everywhere, we fail to perceive Him and are guided by our insight
and other senses and weaknesses (Shadripu ). or because of the constraint of this
physical body and Shiv is all powerful).
Shiv Ashtottar (Shiv's 100 names) is written by Shukraachaaray and is found in Shat Rudreeya.
Created and Maintained by Sushma Gupta
Created on March 15, 2003 and Updated on April 17, 2013