This is the fundamental prayer of Jains called as Navkar Mantra. It can be recited anytime. Every day Jains bow their heads and say this universal prayer. All good work and events start with this prayer of salutation and worship.
Namo Arihantadam: – I bow to the enlightened souls
Namo Siddhadam: – I bow to the liberated souls
Namo Ayariyadam: – I bow to religious leaders
Namo Uvajjhayadam: – I bow to religious teachers
Namo Loye Savva Sahudam: – I bow to all monks of the world
To these five types of souls I offer my praise.
Eso Panch Namokkaro: Savva Pava Panasano: Mangalancha Savvesin: Padhamam Havai Mangalam: – Such praise will help diminish my sins. Such praise is auspicious, so auspicious to bring happiness and bliss.
The five salutations are capable of destroying all the sins and this is the first happiness among all forms of happiness.
In this mantra, Jains worship the qualities (gunas) of the spiritually supreme, including those who have already attained salvation, in order to adopt similar behavior.
In the above prayer, Jains do not ask for any favors or material benefits or rewards from their Gods, or from monks and nuns. They do not pray to a specific God, Tirthankara or monk by name. By saluting them, Jains receive the inspiration from the five benevolent for the right path of true happiness and total freedom from the misery of life.
In Jainism, the purpose of worshipping God is to break the barriers of worldly attachments and desires and to assist in the liberation of the soul.