Emperor Chandragupta Maurya seeking the blessings of his guru, Bhadrabahu Swami.  Chandragupta eventually became a Jain monk and embraced sallekhana at Chandangiri in Sharvan Belgola, Karnataka, India.  Picture is of carving on the gate at the entrance to Chandangiri hill.

Emperor Chandragupta Maurya seeking the blessings of his guru, Bhadrabahu Swami. Chandragupta eventually became a Jain monk and embraced sallekhana at Chandangiri in Sharvan Belgola, Karnataka, India. Picture is of carving on the gate at the entrance to Chandangiri hill.

Dedication of Tonk in Honor of
Shree Bhadrabahu Swami

Sunday, November 15, 2015

With immense pleasure Siddhachalam invites you to the dedication ceremony of a Tonk in honor of Acharya Shree Bhadrabahu Swami on Sunday, November 15, 2015.

Shree Bhadrabahu Swami was the last Shrutkevali (one who has complete scriptural knowledge of Jain Dharma as preached by Kevali Bhagavan) and the last Acharya of the undivided Jain Sangh.

Shree Bhadrabahu Swami was born in a Brahmin family. By practicing gyan, dhyan, tap and sanyam he became a Jain Acharya by following the teachings of Bhagavan Shree Mahaveer Swami. Shree Bhadrabahu Swami was the spiritual teacher of Chandragupta Maurya and wrote several texts related to Jainism, including some of the most important works, Uvasaggahara Stotra and Kalpa Sūtra. Bhadrabahu swami is considered to be the last expert of the fourteen Purvas. Acharya Bhadrabahu Swami had a profound impact on the development and spread of Jain Dharma in India.

This will be first major shrine outside of India dedicated in the honor and respect of this great sage.

The laabh for dedication of the Tonk has been availed by the family of Shri Fakir Chand and Manjula Dalal of Maryland, USA. The dedication ceremony will be held at Siddhachalam on Sunday, November 15, 2015.

All are welcome!

Click here for the schedule of the program.

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International Mahavira Jain Mission held on October 4, 2015, a day-long conference on the practice of Sallekhana (also called Santhara,Samadhimaran, Panditmaran, among other names) at Siddhachalam in Blairstown, NJ.

Video messages were received from Param Pujya Gacchadipati Acharya Shree Vijay Nityanandji Surishwar MS, Param Pujya Pramaan Sagarji MS, Param Pujya Manak Muniji MS, and Bhattarak Swami Chrukeerthiji, while Param Pujya Amrinder Muniji MS, Samani Suyashnidhiji, and Samani Shruthnidhiji participated in the conference along with Prof. Tikam Chandji Jain, Advocate Vijay Choudhary (represented the defendant in the Rajasthan High Court and is now filed appeal with the Supreme Court) and Shantiji Parakh. The conference was moderated by Jaipat Singhji Jain and led by Kulbhushanji Jain, president of IMJM.

Siddhachalam is pleased to place in the public domain the following videos at the time: messages were received from Param Pujya Gacchadipati Acharya Shree Vijay Nityanandji Surishwar MS, Param Pujya Pramaan Sagarji MS, Param Pujya Manak Muniji MS, and Bhattarak Swami Chrukeerthiji. This playlist is a collection of certain videos of the conference.

Previously at Siddhachalam: Spiritually Vibrant Siddhachalam