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Maha Mahamrityunjay mantra was formulated by Shukracharya who is considered to be the Guru of Rakshas (demons). The mantra is in praise of Lord Shiva. None can define the kindness, powers, and greatness of Lord Shiva. The terms "Shiva" or "Sankara" mean Auspicious. "Sam" means "Chitaananda" (Blissful Awareness) and "Kara" means the one who causes it. Sankara is the One who confers Chitaananda on those who take refuge in him or adore him.
The secret of creation is evident from a description of the form of Shiva. The crescent moon on Shiva's head symbolizes the consciousness in human beings, the Ganga symbolizes the life force and the snakes on Shiva's body represent the myriad of living beings.