Jain World
Sub-Categories of Passions

The Navakar Mantra

What is the Jain Dharma or Jainism?
Who is a Jin?
Who is a Jain?
The Jain dharma
  The Arrangement Of Ara, The Phases Of Time
  Tirtha, Dharma And Tirthankar (One Who Reveals The Dharma)
  The Exposition Of The Philosophy
  Bhagwan Mahavir
  The Path Of Achievement
  Total Renunciation
  Some special rules of conduct for sadhus and sadhvis
  The Dashvirati Dharma
  The Fourteen Pledges By Househl Oders
  Avashyak (The Essentials)
  Prathana (Prayer)
  Jap And Dhyan
  The Eighteen Sources Of Sin (Papa Sthanak)..
  Before assuming Dharma
  Marganusari Gun: (35 virtues that guide us on the path of life)
  Tapasya and the codes of conduct:
  The External austerities ( six kinds )
  Abhyantar Tap (Six kinds)
  Some minor and major austerities for daily practice.
  Why is fasting essential ?
  Some Special And Important Austerities
  Why should water be boiled ?
  It is necessary to filter water:
  The Jain Dharma prohibits the eating of the following things
  Why should not people eat meat ?
  Even the egg is dangerous !
  Alcoholic drinks should be renounced
  Why should we not eat certain types of food?
  We should not take food in the night. Why?
  Why should we not eat green and raw vegetables on some special days?
  Organization of the Jain Society
  Some Important Jain Institutions
  Jain Upashray: Religious Centres
  The Jain Libraries
  The Jain Schools
  Ayambil Shala
  The Jain Panjarapol--Shelter for Cattle
  The Jain Choultries
  The Jain Pilgrim Centres
  The system of the seven institutions of the Jains.
  The Jain Festivals
  The Jain Celebrations
  The Jain Philosophy
  The Nine Doctrines
  Kashay- Passions
  The Process of Spiritual Elevation,
  Samiti and Gupti
  16 Bhavanas
  The Jain Literature
  A Representative Jain Work
  A Glossary Of Difficult Words

17. Prathana (Prayer)


Bhadrabahu Vijay

The Morning Prayer

Every day, after getting up, one must recite with devotion the Navkarmantra 108 times. If not 108, then at least, twelve Navkars should be recited. The day's activities should be begun with the hymn of prayer given below along with a glorification of the Lord remembering his benefactions and expressing a desire for the welfare of all creatures in the universe.

gada prayer from page 40 in tif file

May the whole world attain spiritual prosperity; May all the beings be engaged in the attempt to achieve welfare for all; May all derogations get destroyed; May all Jivas (Creatures) attain bliss.

The evening prayer

Every night before going to sleep, one must recite with devotion the Namaskar Mantra and seek the sacred refuge of Arihant, Siddh, Sadhu and the religion (Dharma). One must express devotion for and faith in Jina, Preceptor and Religion; and must seek the forgiveness from all creatures. It is only after doing all this, that one must go to sleep. In that case, the night passes peacefully. If the mind is peaceful, even the dreams would be sweet and good. Hence, one must remember the following verses of prayer.

Chattari Mangalam: The four are of auspicious form

Arihanta Mangalam: Arihant (the destroyer of the inner enemies) is auspicious

Siddha Mangalam: The Siddhas are of auspicious

Sahu Mangalam: The Sadhus are of auspicious

Kevali Pannatto Dhammo Mangalam: The religion expounded by perfect soul is auspicious.

Chattari Loguttama:In the world, four are the highest.

Arihanta Loguttama:The Arihant is the highest in the world

Siddha Loguttama: The Siddha is the highest in the world

Sahu Loauttama: The Sadhus are the highest in the world

Kevali Pannatto Dammo Loguttama: The religion expounded by Kevalis is the highest in the world

Chattari Saranam Pavajjami: I seek the holy refuge of the four.

Arihante Saranam Pavajjami: I seek the holy refuge of Arihant.

Siddhe Saranam Pavajjami: I seek the holy refuge of Siddhas.

Sahu Sarsnam Pavajjami: I seek the holy refuge of Sadhus.

Kevali Pannattam Dhammam Pavajjami: I seek the holy refuge of Dharm expounded by Kevalis.


Khamemi Savajive: I forgive all creatures.

Sarve Jiva Khamantu me: May all living beings forgive me.

Mitti Me Savva Bhuyesu: I have friendship with all creatures Jivas

Veram Majjham na Kenai: I do not have animosity against any creatures

Arihanto Mahdevo Javajjivam: Throughout my life Arihant is my god.

Susahuno Guruno: The Noble Sadhus are my perceptors.

Jino Pannattam Tattam: I have faith in the Tattva (Doctrine) expounded by the Jina.

Iya Sammattam Maye Gahiam: I have accepted this Samyaktva or this Doctrine.