Maha Mrityunjaya Japam |Maha’, which means great, ‘Mrityu’ means death and ‘Jaya’ means victory, which is translated as victory over death. It is also famous as ‘Rudra Mantra’ or ‘Trayambakam Mantra’. The Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra is known to have been made by Rishi Markandeya. It is said that the Moon was once in difficulty, cursed by King Daksha. Rishi Markandeya bestowed Sati, Daksha’s daughter, with the Mahamritryunjaya Mantra for the Moon.
According to another translation this is the Bija mantra as disclosed to Rishi Kahola that was presented by Lord Shiva to sage Sukracharya, who taught it to Rishi Dadichi, who gave it to King Kshuva, through whom it reached the Shiva Purana. This Mantra is related to very aggressive form of Lord Shiva. That’s why its practice should be done very carefully or in supervision of some expert person (Guru or master)