Jain Monk Tarun Sagar died this morning in Delhi. He was 51. Tarun Sagar breathed his last at about 3 am at Radhapuri Jain temple situated in Krishna Nagar area of east Delhi, reports said.
Tarun Sagar had a massive following in the Jain community. According to reports, he was admitted to a private hospital few days ago after he was diagnosed with jaundice.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi said Tarun Sagar will be “remembered for his rich ideals and contribution to society”.
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
Home Minister Rajnath Singh tweeted:
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
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal also condoled his death. “Pained to hear the sad demise of Muni Tarun Sagar Ji Maharaj. His teachings and ideals will always inspire humanity,” he tweeted.
Born in Madhya Pradesh’s Damoh district on June 26, 1967, Tarun Sagar’s original name was Pawan Kumar Jain.
Tarun Sagar was greatly respected by various politicians including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar and Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje.
In 2016, Bollywood music composer Vishal Dadlani was criticised for his scathing remarks questioning Tarun Sagar’s lecture at Haryana Assembly.
After a barrage of criticism and a court case, Mr Dadlani had tendered an apology to the Jain monk on Twitter.