Om. We worship The Three-Eyed Lord Shiva who is fragrant and who increasingly nourishes the devotees. Worshipping him may we be liberated from death for the sake of immortality just as the ripe cucumber easily separtes itself from the binding stalk.
The mantra is a prayer to Lord Shiva who is addressed as Sankara and Trayambaka. Sankara is sana (blessings) and Kara (the Giver). Trayambaka is the three eyed one (where the third eye signifies the giver of knowledge, which destroys ignorance and releases us from the cycle of death and rebirth).
Shiva Prarthana :
Om Namastestu Bhagavan
Trikagni - Kalaya
Kalagni - Rudraya Nil - Kanthaya Mrityunjaya
Sriman Mahadevaya Namah.
Om. I bow down to Lord Shiva, who is the creator
and protector of the universe, who is the greatest among gods, who has
three eyes, who is the annihilator of all the three worlds, one whose
throat is blue, who is the conqueror of death, who is the Lord of all,
who is propitious who is possessed of all marks of greatness and who is
the greatest among Gods. To him my prostrations.
Namaskar Mantra :
Om Namah Sambhavaya Cha
Namah Shankaraya Cha
Namah Shivaya Cha
O Almighty God. Thou art the supreme source of all worldly and divine pleasures. Thou art the impeller of our physical and spiritual advancement. O supreme Father ! We pay our humble obeisance to Thee.
Shiva Dhun :
Shivo Bhokta, Shiva Bhojya
Shivo Karta, Shivah Karma
Shiva is the experiencer and the highest object of experience. Shiva is the goal of Sadhana. There is nothing apart from Shiva. There is nothing other than Shiva.
Whatever there is, is Shiva. There is nothing, which is not Shiva. There is no place, which is not Shiva. There is no time, which is not Shiva. To be aware of this is to be aware of Shiva.
When to Chant :
Chanting the Maha Mrityunjay Mantra with sincerity, faith and devotion in Bramha Muhurata is very beneficial. But one can also chant it anytime in a pure environment with great benefit and discover the happiness that's already within.