Jain Muni Tarun Sagar passed away on Saturday morning after a prolonged illness in Delhi. He was 51 years old. According to reports, the Jain Muni breathed his last at around 3 am at Radhapuri Jain Temple in Krishna Nagar of East Delhi. The Jain saint was fighting a long battle with jaundice and had stopped medication, opting instead for Santhara – the Jain ritual of fasting to death. He was a hugely noted figure not only in the Jain community but outside as well.
Tarun was known for his nationalist views and also for his ‘kadve pravachan’. He was last in the news after he urged the government to enforce a two-child norm. He told the media that strict action should be taken against everyone who has more than two children. This policy should be applicable to people of all castes and religions, he added.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Rajnath Singh condoled his death and expressed grief on his passing away. “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,” Modi wrote on Twitter. Rajnath Singh said the Jain monk was a source of inspiration for him and he is shocked by Tarun Sagar’s untimely death. Union Minister Suresh Prabhu also condoled his death saying it was a personal loss to him as he was very close to the monk
Tarun Sagar’s real name was Pawan Kumar Jain. He was born on June 26, 1967, in Guhji village in Damoh district of Madhya Pradesh. His mother’s name was Shantibai Jain and father’s name was Pratap Chandra Jain. It is said that he left home on March 8, 1981, at the age of 14. His education was initiated in Chhattisgarh.