Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra is a mantra that protects against threats and helps the soul release from the body at the time of death.
The lyrics of Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra in Hindi/Devanagri
ॐ त्र्यम्बकं यजामहे सुगन्धिं पुष्टिवर्धनम् ।
उर्वारुकमिव बन्धनान् मृत्योर्मुक्षीय मा मृतात् ।।
The lyrics of Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra in phonetic English:
oṁ tryambakaṁ yajāmahe sugandhiṁ puṣṭi-vardhanam ǀ
urvārukam-iva bandhanān mṛtyormukṣīya mā ∫ mṛtāt ǁ
Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra translation in English:
OM We worship the Three-eyed Lord who is fragrant and who nourishes and nurtures all beings.
As is the ripened cucumber (with the intervention of the gardener) freed from its bondage (to the creeper) May He liberate us from death for the sake of immortality
The reference to immortality is not towards avoiding the death of your physical being. All beings live and die, and that is widely accepted in Hinduism, that mortals do not become immortal. It is a reference to your soul or your spirit remaining eternal.
Lord Shiva is referred to in Sanskrit and sometimes in Hindi as Tryambakham, meaning one with 3 eyes. And this mantra is appealing for him to open his third eye to your meditation and devotion.
Praying to Lord Shiva is therefore also similar to asking him to help us open our own third eye to knowledge and wisdom.
This self awakening is designed to help us attain moksha, which is immortality of the soul and free our spirits from the cycle of physical birth and death.
How To Chant The Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra
It is recommended that you chant the Maha Mrityunjaya mantra at dawn and at dusk, 108 times each, not just with simple repetition but with full thought and consciousness for each time you say it.