Jain Muni Tarun Sagar dies at 51 after prolonged illness

Jain Muni Tarun Sagar died after a prolonged illness on Saturday in New Delhi. He was 51.

The Jain Muni breathed his last at around 3 am at Radhapuri Jain temple situated in Krishna Nagar area of east Delhi.

Tarun Sagar’s last rites will be held at Tarunsagaram, Muradnagar in Uttar Pradesh today.

Tarun Sagar was suffering from jaundice and was admitted to a private hospital nearly three weeks back.

However, His health continued to deteriorate and he had reportedly stopped taking medicine following which he was brought to Radhapuri temple where he opted for ‘Santhara’ – the Jain ritual of fast unto death.

Tarun Sagar was born on June 26, 1967, in Madhya Pradesh’s Dahoh district, his original name was Pawan Kumar Jain. Tarun Sagar left his home in the year 1981 to accept celibacy and lead a life of a muni (monk).

Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed grief over the demise of Tarun Sagar. “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”, tweeted Narendra Modi.