Definition - What does Trayambakam mean?
Trayambakam is the name of a life-giving mantra, devoted to Lord Shiva. Otherwise known as Rudra Mantra or Mahamrityunjaya Mantra, it is an ancient and powerful verse, said to have been found by Rishi Markandeya.
Trayambakam mantra should be repeated three, nine, 27 or 108 times, and can be practiced using japa mala beads for an even deeper state of concentration. Reciting this mantra will have a calming effect on the mind, entering the practitioner into a meditative state.
Yogapedia explains Trayambakam
This mantra is said to have the highest form of energy, alongside Gayatri Mantra. It wards off death and disease, and can, therefore, be helpful for those suffering from chronic conditions. It can also be a useful mantra for those suffering from fear of death, by connecting them to their souls' immortal nature.
In Sanskrit, the Trayambakam Mantra reads as follows:
Om Trayambakam Yajamahe, Sugandhim Pushti Vardhanam
Urvaarukamiva Bandhanaan Mrityoormokshiya Maamritat
Om Shanti Shanti Shanti
It is addressed to Tryambaka, "the three-eyed one," an epithet of Lord Shiva. Direct translations of the mantra vary, but always include worship of "the three-eyed one," who is said to be fragrant and nourishes all beings. The mantra asks that we be liberated from death by immortality, "as a cucumber is severed from its bondage to the creeper."
The Trayambakam Mantra can be interpreted as an ode to Lord Shiva for warding off untimely death and invoking healing. In addition to being beneficial for mental, emotional and physical health, Trayambakam is considered to be a moksha mantra, bestowing longevity and immortality.