Born in Madhya Pradesh’s Dahoh district on June 26, 1967, Tarun Sagar’s original name was Pawan Kumar Jain
Famous Jain Muni Tarun Sagar passed away due to a prolonged illness in Delhi on Saturday, 1 September. He was known for his lectures titled “Kadve Pravachan”. He was 51. He was earlier admitted to a private medical centre in Delhi.
Tarun Sagar had a massive following in the Jain community.
The monk had stirred controversy in August 2016 when he was invited to speak in the Haryana state Assembly. Delivering his lecture in the nude, in keeping with his regular practice, the monk spoke on various topics, including politics, female foeticide and religion.
As the news of his demise spread, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, President Ram Nath Kovind and Home Minister Rajnath Singh expressed their grief and condolences as did several other leaders. Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted, “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.”
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
Union ministers Rajnath Singh and Suresh Prabhu also tweeted their condolences.
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
Sagar’s last rites will be performed at Tarunsagaram, Muradnagar in Uttar Pradesh later on Saturday, 1 September.