The Hush Post: The revered Jain muni Tarun Sagar died after a prolonged illness on Saturday. He was 51. He breathed his last at about 3: 18 am on Saturday morning at Radhapuri Jain temple situated in Krishna Nagar area of east Delhi.
His last rites will be held at Tarunsagaram, Muradnagar in Uttar Pradesh at about 3 pm today.
Tarun Sagar was suffering from jaundice. He was admitted to a private hospital some 20 days back. He had reportedly stopped taking medicine for the past few days following which he was brought to Radhapuri temple where he opted for ‘Santhara’ – the Jain ritual of fast unto death.
Born on June 26, 1967 in Madhya Pradesh’s Dahoh district, Tarun Sagar’s original name was Pawan Kumar Jain. Tarun Sagar left his home on March 8, 1981 to accept celibacy and lead a life of a monk.
The Digambar Jain monk was hugely popular for his sermons which were termed ‘kadve pravachan’ because they were critical of common practices and views.
Tarun Sagar’s ‘kadve pravachan’ in Haryana Assembly in 2016 had triggered a huge row when Bollywood music composer Vishal Dadlani had questioned his lecture at Haryana Assembly and was dragged to court by the Jain monk’s followers.