NEW DELHI: Influential Jain Muni Tarun Sagar passed away on Saturday. He was 51. He breathed his last at 3 AM at Radhapuri Jain Temple in Krishna Nagar of east Delhi after a prolonged battle with jaundice.
He was reportedly admitted to a hospital 20 days ago but later his health improved. He had stopped taking his medication and opted for Santhara – the Jain ritual of fasting to death. He enjoyed a massive fan following even outside the Jain community and was known for his nationalist views.
His funeral rites will be conducted at 3 pm today (Saturday) at Tarunsagaram in Uttar Pradesh’s Muradnagar.
Tarun Sagar was greatly respected by various politicians including PM Modi, Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar and Rajasthan CM Vasundhara Raje.
He had once said that female foeticide it is a “big problem that disturbs the balance of the society, leading to more crimes and rapes”, and had called for actions at individual, political and religious levels.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Rajnath Singh condoled his death and expressed grief on his passing away. Modi in a statement on Twitter said he is deeply pained by the untimely death of the monk.
“Deeply pained by the untimely demise of Muni Tarun Sagar Ji Maharaj. We will always remember him for his rich ideals, compassion and contribution to society. His noble teachings will continue inspiring people. My thoughts are with the Jain community and his countless disciples,” Modi wrote on Twitter.
Deeply pained by the untimely demise of Muni Tarun Sagar Ji Maharaj. We will always remember him for his rich ideals, compassion and contribution to society. His noble teachings will continue inspiring people. My thoughts are with the Jain community and his countless disciples. pic.twitter.com/lodXhHNpVK
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) September 1, 2018
Rajnath Singh said the Jain monk was a source of inspiration for him and he is shocked by Tarun Sagar’s untimely death.
जैन मुनि श्रद्धेय तरुण सागर जी महाराज के असामयिक महासमाधि लेने के समाचार से मैं स्तब्ध हूँ। वे प्रेरणा के स्रोत, दया के सागर एवं करुणा के आगार थे। भारतीय संत समाज के लिए उनका निर्वाण एक शून्य का निर्माण कर गया है। मैं मुनि महाराज के चरणों में अपनी श्रद्धांजलि अर्पित करता हूँ।
— Rajnath Singh (@rajnathsingh) September 1, 2018
Tarun Sagar was born on June 26, 1967 at Damoh in Madhya Pradesh. At the age of 14, he left his home (in March 1981) and took religious trainings in Chhattisgarh. He had a massive following in the Jain community.