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Navkar / Namokar Mantra

नवकार / णमोकार मंत्र

Navkar / Namokar Mantra is considered to be the most excellent of all mantras.

It is a beej mantra – a seed or basic mantra.

A mantra may be short, it may contain a few words but just as a mighty banyan tree lies hidden in a seed.

The power of a mantra consisting of just two or three words remains hidden in its deep meaning and sound.

It has maximum in the minimum.

Navkar / Namokar Mantra is an act of obeisance to five parmeshvaras (five divine souls).

It is a process of paying obeisance to five kinds of pure souls.

It is the only mantra of its kind in the world, which is non-sectarian and is not based on a particular name of a Tirthankara or a religious order.


Navkar / Namokar Mantra

Meaning of Navkar / Namokar Mantra

  • Namo Arihantanam : I bow to the Arihantas (the perfect human beings).

  • Namo Siddhanam  : I bow to the Siddhhas (liberated body less souls).

  • Namo Ayariyanam  : I bow to the Acharyas (masters and the heads of congregations).

  • Namo Uvvjjhyanam  : I bow to the Upadhyayas (spiritual teachers).

  • Namo Loe Savva Sahunam  : I bow to all the Sadhus (spiritual practitioners) in the world.

  • Aiso Panch Namahkkaro , Savva Paav Panasano : Worshiping all these five & destroys all sins and obstacles.

  • Manglanancha Savvesim , Padhmam Havei Mangalam : Among all that is auspicious & this “Navkar / Namokar Mantra” is the foremost.

    नवकार / णमोकार मंत्र का अर्थ

  •  णमो अरिहंताणं : अरिहंतो को नमस्कार

  • णमो सिद्धाणं : सिद्धो को नमस्कार

  • णमो आयरियाणं : आचार्यों को नमस्कार

  • णमो उवज्झायाणं : उपाध्यायों को नमस्कार

  • णमो लोए सव्व साहूणं : सर्व साधुओं को नमस्कार

  • एसोपंचणमोक्कारो, सव्वपावप्पणासणो : ये पाँच परमेष्ठी हैं । इन पवित्र आत्माओं को शुद्ध भावपूर्वक किया गया यह पंच नमस्कार सब पापों का नाश करने वाला है ।

  • मंगला णं च सव्वेसिं, पडमम हवई मंगलं : संसार में सबसे उतम मंत्र है ।

 Facts about Navkar / Namokar Mantra

  • Navkar (नवकार) Mantra is the universal prayer of Jainism.

  • The Navkar Mantra is the most important mantra in Jainism and can be recited at any time.

  • This mantra is also called Namaskar (नमस्कार) or Namokar (णमोकार) Mantra.

  • It is the first prayer recited by the Jains while doing Samayik (Jain meditation).

  • There is no mention of any particular names of the gods or any specific person.

  • Recitation of this Mantra helps one remember that the most important goal of life, it contains the main message of Jainism.

  • The message is to achieve liberation from the non-reality.

  • This mantra which offers respect to the great ones also reminds one of their qualities, thus keeping one focused on the path.

  • The prayer is done towards the guna (the good qualities) of the gods, teachers and the saints.

  • Jains do not ask for any favors or material benefits from the tirthankars or monastics.

  • It is one of the oldest mantras, this mantra was found on 162 BC Hathigumpha inscription.

  • It was inscribed by the Jain monarch Kharavela.

  • It has the power to control the five elements in our body.

  • In addition to it, it also has the power to free an individual from the evil planetary influence.

  • If a person recites namo arihantanam, it proves very useful in controlling the element of the water in the body.

  • The recitation of namo siddhanam can control agni tatva, (the element of fire) and can also rid the individual of the ailments caused by this element.

  • The line namo ayariyanam (I bow before acharyas) has in it the power to control the diseases caused by the akash (space).

  • If one chants namo uvvjjhyanam (I bow before the spiritual teachers), the recitation will control the diseases created by the element of prithvi (earth).

  • The chanting of namo loe savva sahunam (I bow before any ascetic of the world) can cure a person from the disease caused by vayu tatva (air).

  • The recitation of namo arihantanam can remove the obstacles created by the chandra (moon) and shukra (venus).

  • The recitation of namo siddhanam can remove the barriers created by the planets surya (sun) and mangal (mars).

  • The recitation of Namo ayariyanam can remove the obstacles created by the planet brihaspati (jupiter).

  • The recitation of namo uvvjjhyanam can remove the obstacles created by the planet mercury.

  • The recitation of namo loe savva sahunam can remove the obstacles created by shani (saturn) and rahu/ketu.

  • What is important is that one who uses the chanting of mantra to mitigate one’s suffering should learn the correct way of chanting it.

  • One should learn how to contemplate it.

  • In this body made of five elements basically only two powers operate:

  • They are called surya shakti (fire element) and chandra shakti (water element).

  • One can reach every muscle and pore of the body with the help of these two powers.

  • The devotee bows with respect to the Panch Parameshti (the Supreme Five):

  •  Arihant : Those who have destroyed the four inimical karmas. Those who have conquered themselves by annihilating their passions

  • Siddha : The liberated souls, completely free from the cycle of birth and death.

  • Acharyas : The spiritual leaders or Preceptors.

  • Upadhayaya : Preceptor of less advanced ascetics.

  • Sadhu : The monks or sages in the world.


  नवकार / णमोकार मंत्र

णमो अरिहंताणं
णमो सिद्धाणं
णमो आयरियाणं
णमो उवज्झायाणं
णमो लोए सव्व साहूणं
एसोपंचणमोक्कारो, सव्वपावप्पणासणो
मंगला णं च सव्वेसिं, पडमम हवई मंगलं

Navkar / Namokar Mantra

Namo Arihantanam
Namo Siddhanam
Namo Ayariyanam
Namo Uvvjjhyanam
Lamo Loe Savva Sahunam
Aiso Panch Namahkkaro, Savva Paav Panasano
Manglanancha Savvesim, Padhmam Havei Mangalam



  • Mantra is a ladder with the help of which one can reach the pinnacle of success in one’s life.

  • Mantra teaches us the art of living so that we can begin a pilgrimage for the liberation of our soul.

  • Mantra is a matter of faith.

  • It proves auspicious and excellent if one tries to understand the meaningfulness of the word used in a mantra, know the emotion underlying it and realizes the significance of its sound.

  • Its true practice lies in the purity of thought.

  • After being familiar with the significance of the thought, vibration, meaningfulness and sound if one recites it, it yields the desired results.

  • The key to success in the use of a mantra lies in its correct pronunciation and understanding of its meaning.

  • It is not only a cure for all forms of ailments but it is also an instrument for the purification of human emotions.

  • Thus it is a means not only for worldly success, health and happiness but it is also a means to attain our ultimate goal i.e. Moksha.

  • One who wants to benefit from mantra should recite it in one’s mind or aloud without any motivation.

  • A favorable or auspicious result happens naturally.

  • There is no doubt that the chanting of mantra can solve all over problems.

  • In the end I pay my obeisance to the five categories of the souls mentioned in mantra.