Namo Loye-Savva Sahunam
Eso Panch Namukkaro,
Manglanam Cha Savvesim
Padhamam Havai Manglam
Namo Arihantanam – Namaskar to the Arihants (Victors).
Namo Siddhanam – Namaskar to the Siddhas (Liberated Souls).
Namo Aayariyanam –Namaskar to the Aacharyas (Preceptors).
Namo Uvajjhayanam – Namaskar to the Upadhyayas (Spritual Teachers).
Namo Lohe Savva Sahunam – Namaskar to Sarva Sadhus & Sadhvies of the cosmos (all Saints of the world).
Eso – To these, Panch– five fold divinities. Namukkaro– Namaskar (reverence) made.
Savva Pav Panasano– is destroyer of all sins.
Manglanam– highly auspicious. Cha– This is (or it is). Savvesim– amongst all.
Padhamam– Its reading or recitation. Havai– showers/results in. Manglam – auspicious blessing.
In the Jain tradition, Navkar Mantra occupies highest and most venerable place. In prakrit language, ‘Namaskar’ (bowing/veneration) is called ‘Navkar’ (Namokar). It is also called “Panch-Parmeshti” (Five Supreme Gods/Divinities). One whose heart and mind is always filled with the thoughts of radiant and illuminating Navkar Mantra, no harm can ever visit the life of that man. Navkar Mantra does not consist of physical auspiciousness (Dravya Mangal) but it is a matter of implicit/instinctive / emotional auspiciousness (Bhava Mangal). The implicit and instinctive auspiciousness consists of knowledge (Gyan), vision/faith (Darshan) conduct/character (Charitra) and numerous other forms of auspiciousnesses (blessings).
In the Navkar Mantra there is no personal worship instead it contains the illuminating transparent thoughts of virtue-worship. In this Mantra the highly enlightened souls whose virtues are remembered are of two catagories viz. (1) In the shape of Gods (Devs) and (2) In the shape of Preachers (Gurus). Those who have conquered attachment (Raag) and hatred (Dvesh) and who have destroyed ignorance (Agyana), those attachment-free (Veetraags) who show the path to the worldly-souls to end the cycle of births and deaths and who are possessors of omniscient knowledge are our Arihant Gods (Devs). Those who have destroyed all eight Karmas, who are untainted (Pure) and shapeless as well as bodiless, are our fully-liberated Siddha Gods (Siddha-Devs).
Those who themselves follow five right conducts consisting of knowledge etc. and who further make others to follow religion of right conduct, such sadhus (preacher saints) who are leaders of the religious communion are called Aacharyas.
Those sadhus, who educate the inquisitors (Jigyasus) about the twelve aagams (scriptures) and cleanse them of their false-vision and false beliefs and make the unsteady and unstable souls steadfast in religion are called Upadhyayas.
Those sadhus or sadhvies who follow five great vows (Panch-Mahavratas), vigilances (samities) and restraints (gupties) and who devote themselves in the path of salvation are called Sadhus.
The Namaskar made to these holders of these five ranks from core of the heart, destroys all sins. Amongst all the auspiciousnesses of the world, this Navkar Mantra being the best and supermost mangal, is the first amongst all mangals.