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Jain Spiritual Leader Acharya Vidyasagar Maharaj Takes Samadhi on Chandragiri Hill

Various organizations, including the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP), mourned Acharya Vidyasagar Maharaj's departure, emphasizing his significant impact on spiritual consciousness.

February 18, 2024 : Acharya Vidyasagar Maharaj, a globally respected Jain spiritual leader, breathed his last on Saturday night atop Chandragiri Hill in Dongargarh, located in the Rajnandgaon district. The revered Acharya had been ailing for a few days prior to his demise. He took his final breath at around 2:30 am amidst the serene surroundings of Chandragiri. Leaders from various spheres, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, expressed their condolences over his passing.

Birth and Contributions

Born on Sharad Purnima, October 10, 1946, in Sadalga village, Karnataka, Acharya Vidyasagar Maharaj hailed from a family deeply rooted in spiritual traditions. His parents, Shrimati and Mallapa, also embraced the path of renunciation. He conducted over 500 initiation ceremonies, demonstrating his commitment to spreading spiritual wisdom. Notably, on February 11, he was honored by the Guinness World Records as a celestial being.

A Life of Spiritual Dedication

Acharya Vidyasagar Maharaj, known for his profound spiritual teachings, chose to renounce his physical form on Chandragiri Hill. The Jain community mourns the loss of one of its principal spiritual guides. Prime Minister Modi had the privilege of meeting Acharya Vidyasagar Maharaj a few months before the legislative elections, commemorating the occasion with a shared photograph on social media.

National Mourning and Homage

Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed deep sorrow over the passing of Acharya Vidyasagar Maharaj, recognizing his invaluable contributions to society. He reminisced about their meeting at Chandragiri Jain Temple, underscoring the acharya’s dedication to eradicating poverty and promoting education and health. The Prime Minister extended heartfelt condolences, acknowledging the spiritual leader’s unparalleled legacy.

A Legacy of Renunciation

Acharya Vidyasagar Maharaj’s parents, too, had embraced asceticism, setting an example for their son. Revered as “Chhote Baba” across Bundelkhand, he established a grand temple in Kundalpur, Damoh district, resembling the auspicious atmosphere of Akshardham.

Various organizations, including the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP), mourned Acharya Vidyasagar Maharaj’s departure, emphasizing his significant impact on spiritual consciousness. Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Vishnudev Sai, too, conveyed his grief, highlighting the acharya’s profound influence on the state and society.

The passing of Acharya Vidyasagar Maharaj marks the end of an era in spiritual leadership. His teachings will continue to inspire countless individuals on their spiritual journey. As the nation mourns the loss of this revered sage, his legacy of enlightenment and compassion will endure through generations.

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