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Namokar Mantra

NAMO ARIHANTANAM,
NAMO SIDDHANAM
NAMO AYARIYANAM,
NAMO UVAJJHAYANAM
NAMO LOE SAVVA-SAHUNAM
ESO PANCH NAMOKKARO
SAVVA-PAVAPPANASANO
MANGALANANCH SAVVESIM,
PADHAMAM HAVEI MANGALAM



The Namokar mantra, also variously referred to as the Navakar Mantra, Namaskar Mantra or the Pancha Parameshti Namaskar, is the most significant mantra in Jainism.

This is the first prayer recited by the Jains while doing Samayik. While reciting this mantra, the devotee bows with respect to the humans who have cleared their gati karmas (arihants), the fully liberated souls (siddhas), the spiritual leaders (acharyas), the teachers (upajjhayas) and the monks.

There is no mention of any particular names of the gods. The prayer is done towards the guna, or the good qualities of the gods, teachers and the saints. Jains do not ask for any favors or material benefits from the Tirthankaras or from sadhus and sadhvis.

This mantra simply serves as a gesture of deep respect towards beings they believe are spiritually ahead and to remind the people of their ultimate goal of nirvana or moksha.

The Jain sects, Digambaras and Sthanakvasis, regard the first five lines as the main mantra, the following two lines are explanatory.

NAMO ARIHANTANAM

I bow to the arihants (jains pursuing salvation).

NAMO SIDDHANAM

I bow to the Siddhas (liberated souls).

NAMO AYARIYANAM

I bow to the Acharyas (spiritual leaders).

NAMO UVAJJHAYANAM

I bow to the Upadhyay (teachers).

NAMO LOE SAVVA-SAHUNAM

I bow to all the Sadhus & Sadhvis (sages).

ESO PANCH NAMOKKARO,

This five-fold bow (mantra)..

SAVVA-PAVAPPANASANO

destroys all sins and obstacles

MANGALANANCH SAVVESIM

And of all auspicious mantras,

PADHAMAM HAVEI MANGALAM

This is the first and foremost one.

 
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