|Chandra Performing the Siva Puja|
As said in the post concerning Chandra, Daksha cursed Chandra to death. Chandra asked for the help of Lord Surya who is a great healer. Surya (being Chandra’s uncle) tried to help Chandra nourishing him all day long, every day, but Chandra’s powers started to fade. So Lord Chandra went to Great Lord Brahma, who advised Chandra to ask for the help of the Great Lord Siva.
Chandra performed the Siva Pooja and chanted the Mrityunjaya (sometimes Mahamrityunjaya or simply Maha) Mantra ten crore times (1 crore = 10.000.000, 10 crore = 100.000.000). Great Lord Siva was pleased and released Chandra from the curse.
The Mrityunjaya Mantra is considered to cure all diseases and to save the one who chant it, or the one for whom is chanted from death. Firstly it is written in the Rig Veda (on the 59th hymn of the 7th mandala, aka R.V. 7.59), and later the Yajur Veda restate it (on Kanda I, Prapkthaka 8, hymn 6, aka Y.V. I.8.6). In both cases the hymn refers to Lord Rudra (Siva) and the mantra in the scripts starts with his name in accusative case (the name of Rudra used is Tryambaka = he who has three eyes) and it is of the gayatri metre, but it has four verses, like the Gayatri Mantra.
Write in Sanskrit the mantra (like it is given on the picture below) on a piece of paper, and now write the name of the sick on the back side of the paper. Take a picture or a statue of Great Lord Siva and light a candle to each side of the picture or statue. Offer water and milk to the God. Light a candle for the person for whom you are praying for. Offer sandalwood, jasmine, and camphor as incense to the God (or if you want use other incenses that you trust more). Then repeat the mantra for one mala (108 times) or continue to 100.000.000 times if you can.
Keep doing the ritual every day until the illness passes. After the first ritual take the paper with the mantra and role it to a cylinder. Bind it with red string or ribbon (red is sacred to Rudra) and give it to the sick person to have on his body.
In roman letters the mantra goes:
Om Tryambakam yajamahe
sugadhim pusti vardhanam
urvarukam iva badhanan
Mrytyor mukseeya mamritat
The Om syllable is not on the Vedic texts but it is added in front of every mantra.
The translation of the mantra is:
Om we worship the Tree Eyed One (Tryambaka, name of Siva)
The sweet smelling one who nourishes everyone and fulfils our lives
Just as the cucumber is liberated from its bondages
May the He liberate us from death for the sake of immortality.
Now in Sanskrit the mantra is:
For smaller cases the seed mantra that seems to express the Maha Mantra is:
Om jum sah
Om houm jum sah
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