Om namah shivay! Wishing a very happy Maha Shivratri to everyone everywhere from us Tulip Joshi and Captain Vinod Shankar Nair @audaxious1
Today is the biggest day & night of the year for us (yes much bigger than any birthday and New Year). We've been up since 4 am and look forward to staying awake till all our festivities and prayers are done tomorrow.
On this auspicious event I offer our favourite maha mantra, known as Maha Mrityunjaya to our one God: Shiva
ॐ त्रियम्बकं यजामहे, सुगन्धिं पुष्टिवर्धनं
उर्वारुकमिव बन्धनान् मृत्यो र्मोक्षिय मामृतात्
We worship Shiva - The Three-Eyed (tryambakam) Lord (yajamahe);
Who is fragrant (sugandhim) and nourishes (pushti) and grows (vardhanam) all beings.
As the ripened cucumber (urvarukamiva) is automatically liberated (bandhanaan) (by the intervention of the "farmer") from its bondage to the creeper when it fully ripens;
May He liberate us (mokshiya) from spiritual death (mrityor), for the sake of spiritual immortality (maamritaat). The Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra is a prayer to Lord Shiva (God of destruction, penance and meditation) for help in overcoming spiritual "death". The seeker is more concerned with avoiding spiritual "death" rather than physical "death". The mantra is a request to Lord Shiva to lead us to the mountain of meditation, which is indeed Lord Shiva's abode.
Spiritual Significance of the Shiva Mahamantra
Lord Shiva is referred to as tryambakam, the three-eyed one, because his third-eye has been "opened" by the powers of penance and meditation. The third eye is said to be located in the space between the eyebrows, and is "opened" when one experiences spiritual awakening. So, when we pray to Lord Shiva, we are in essence asking for his blessings and assistance in opening our third eye of spiritual knowledge.
Om namah Shivay...