Jain Monk Tarun Sagar died this morning in Delhi. He was 51. Tarun Sagar breathed his last at about 3 am at Radhapuri Jain temple situated in Krishna Nagar area of east Delhi, reports said.
Tarun Sagar had a massive following in the Jain community. According to reports, he was admitted to a private hospital few days ago after he was diagnosed with jaundice.
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi said Tarun Sagar will be “remembered for his rich ideals and contribution to society”.
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal also condoled his death. “Pained to hear the sad demise of Muni Tarun Sagar Ji Maharaj. His teachings and ideals will always inspire humanity,” he tweeted.
Born in Madhya Pradesh’s Damoh district on June 26, 1967, Tarun Sagar’s original name was Pawan Kumar Jain.
Tarun Sagar was greatly respected by various politicians including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar and Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje.
In 2016, Bollywood music composer Vishal Dadlani was criticised for his scathing remarks questioning Tarun Sagar’s lecture at Haryana Assembly.
Jain monk #TarunSagar passed away after prolonged illness early on Saturday morning. He was 51-years of age.
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he Jain muni was massively popular among his sermons which were named ‘kadve pravachan’ as they contradicted common views and regular practices.
His last rites will take place at Tarunsagaram, Muradnagar in Uttar Pradesh later on Saturday.
Here are 5 things about Jain Muni Tarun Sagar:
- Muni Tarun Sagar was initially born as Pawan Kumar Jain on June 26, 1967, in Guhanchi village in Damoh, Madhya Pradesh.
- He was initiated as a Digambara monk by Acharya Pushpdant Sagar in Rajasthan at the age of 20.
- Due to his ailing health during his travels, he started using ‘doli’ for conveyance in 2007 rather than the usual practice of walking on foot.
- After being invited to an RSS event in Nagpur in September 2009, Jain Muni Tarun Sagar said that using leather belts in dresses did not reflect non-violence. RSS, eventually replaced the leather belts in the dress with canvas ones.
- Muni Tarun Sagar was vocal about Islamic traditions. The Jain monk once said that Love Jihad is a severe conspiracy to convert Hindu girls into Muslims and had also raised his voice against the Islamic practice of Triple Talaq.
Jain Monk Shri Tarun Sagar ji attains Samadhi at Radhapuri Jain Temple where he opted for ‘Santhara’ or ‘Sallekhana’, the Jain ritual of fast unto death. pic.twitter.com/d70B6Gg3qz#TarunSagarSamadhi #TarunSagarNirvana #TarunSagarJi #Sallekhana #Santhara #Gymnosophist #DigambarMuni
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