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Man performing santhara dies

india Updated: Oct 19, 2006 17:45 IST

CHITRASAGAR Maharaj (previously known as Tejkaran Jain), who took up ‘Santhara’ (religious fast unto death) in Indore on Monday, died at Mangi Bai Kala Community Hall, Nemi Nagar at 12.09 pm on Wednesday.

After the death of Chitrasagar Maharaj, a discourse programme was held at the hall. Bhutbali Sagar Maharaj shared his experiences with Chitrasagar Maharaj during the Santhara.

Chitrasagar Maharaj’s sons Rajendra Jain and Lalit Jain, family and community members considered the occasion as ‘Mrityu Mahotsava’.

When asked if he was sad about his father’s death, Lalit Jain said, “not at all”. “Chitrasagar Maharaj attained the moksha and we are happy about it. We are going to celebrate Diwali too.”

The community members gathered at hall and offered coconut as a mark of respect to Chitrasagar Maharaj. The body was made to sit in position of Aasan. After the discourse programme, the body was taken in a ‘dola’ (palanquin) decorated with artificial ribbons and glaze paper. The funeral procession was led by a music band.

Prakash Chand Saraf, who specially came from Sanawad to be part of the event, cremated the body after paying Rs 15,000. The family members escorted the palanquin after paying Rs 60,000. Another Rs 8,000 was paid by Nirmal Chand Jain to place the body from where it was lying in the palanquin. The money will go to the Digamber Jain Samaj Samiti, Nemi Nagar.

During the Santhara, the district administration officials were not seen. Asked if action would be taken, ADM Rameshwar Gupta said that the administration was seeking a legal opinion in this regard.