Mrityunjaya Homam is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is performed to remove and lessen life threatening accidents and illness. The popular belief is that the Homam is performed to get victory over death by offering puja and prayers to Lord Shiva. Some people also perform the Maha Mrityunjaya Homa to ward off troubles caused by enemies.
The puja items that are used in Maha Mrityunjaya Homa vary from community to community and from region to region. Some of the usual puja items are durva grass, amrita herb, twigs of banyan tree, sesame, Karuka leaves, cow’s milk, a sweet, chamatha twigs and cooked rice.
The main mantra chanted is the Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra
Mrityor Mukshiya Mamritat
The homam is performed with the help of a learned priest or it is performed in the form of archana or as a ritual in Shiva temples.
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