3 Jan 2023

Jharkhand Govt’s Decision To Turn Shri Sammed Shikharji Into Tourism Hub: Jain Monk Sugyesagar Maharaj Sacrifices His Life

Ranchi: Jain Muni Sugyesagar Maharaj, who was protesting against making Jain pilgrimage Sammed Shikhar a tourist place in Jharkhand, sacrificed his life on Tuesday. He was fasting for the last 10 days against the decision of Jharkhand government. He was 72 years old.

Sugyesagar was on fast unto death in Sanganer from 25th December. His dol yatra (the ritualistic practice by Jains of carrying out a procession with the mortal remains of a monk) was taken out from Sanganer Sanghiji temple on Tuesday morning. 

During this, a large number of Jain community people including Acharya Sunil Sagar were present. The Jain monk was given a samadhi at Sanganer in Jaipur.

Jharkhand government has declared Parasnath hill located in Giridih district as a tourist place. People of Jain community are protesting against this across the country. Parasnath hill is famous as Sammed Shikhar, the highest pilgrimage among Jains around the world.

Protests across country

Opposition to declare Sammed Shikharji, a Jain pilgrimage located in Jharkhand, as a tourist destination is increasing. People of Jain community protested in Mumbai, Ahmedabad and Delhi on Sunday. People of the society gathered at Pragati Maidan and India Gate in Delhi. A delegation of protesters has submitted a memorandum to President Draupadi Murmu in this regard.

Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Bhopal, New Delhi, Surat, and many other cities saw large crowds of Jains protesting against the Jharkhand government's decision to promote religious tourism at Parasnath Hills, claiming that it would tarnish the sanctity of Shri Sammed Shikharji. 

The protests have continued this week, with thousands of protesters in several cities across the expanse of the country hitting the streets and demanding a rollback on the Jharkhand government's decision.

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