Maha Mrityunjaya mantra Puja was formulated by Shukracharya who is considered to be the Guru of Rakshas (demons). The mantra is in praise of Lord Shiva. None can define the kindness, powers, and greatness of Lord Shiva. The terms “Shiva” or “Sankara” mean Auspicious. “Sam” means “Chitaananda” (Blissful Awareness) and “Kara” means the one who causes it. Sankara is the One who confers Chitaananda on those who take refuge in him or adore him.
The secret of creation is evident from a description of the form of Shiva. The crescent moon on Shiva’s head symbolizes the consciousness in human beings, the Ganga symbolizes the life force and the snakes on Shiva’s body represent the myriad of living beings.
Jaap or Recitation is the Spiritual Practice of devotedly repeating a mantra several times, generally a specified number of times such as 108, while counting the times on a strand of beads called a Jaap mala. Concentration on the meaning of the Jaap mantra is a form of devotional worship of the deity in mind. The Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra connects the devotees with Lord Shiva.
The Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra is the most powerful of all ancient Sanskrit mantras. It is a mantra that has many names and forms. It is called the Rudra mantra, referring to the furious aspect of Lord Shiva. The Maha Mrityunjaya Jaap is done for a long and healthy life and to get rid of prolonged sickness. Its miraculous effects have been noticed by many who organized the Jaap and Havan for people even on the death bed.