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Acharya Mahāprajña
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Name (official) Acharya Mahāprajña
Personal Information
Born 14 June 1920
Tamkor, Rajasthan, India
Died 9 May 2010
Sardarshahar Rajasthan, India
Cremation place [under construction by terapanth mahasabha]
Parents Tola Ram Choraria (Jain)(father) & Baluji (Mother)
New name given Muni Nathmal
Initiated by Shrimad Kalu Gani
Initiated at Sardarshahar Rajasthan, India
Initiated on 29 January 1931
After Initiation
Rank Acharya
Preceded by Acharya Tulsi
Succeeded by Acharya Mahashraman

Mahāprajña or Mahapragya (1920-2010) was the tenth Acharya or supreme head of the Svetambar Terapanth sect of Jainism.[1] He ran a project called Ahimsa Yatra to promote ahimsa, an Indian concept of nonviolence.[2] In 1995 he succeeded Acharya Tulsi as the leader of the Terapanth sect and Anuvrat Movement.[3]


His parents were Tola Ram Choraria (Jain) and Baluji. He was born in Tamkor, District of Jhunjhunu, Rajasthan, India on 1920.[4]

Initiation into monkhood (Jain Asceticism): 29 January 1931, at Sardarsahar (Rajasthan). Named as Muni Nathmal.[5]

Guru-Initiator: Acharya Shri Kalu Gani, The 8th Acharya i.e. the supreme head & preceptor of the religious order of Jain Shwetambara Terapanth.[5]

Awarded the Ahimsa Award by Institute of Jainology, for his efforts on human welfare and in recognition for his endeavours in line with the Jain principle of Compassion [6][7]

Guru-Educator: Acharya Shri Tulsi, The 9th Acharya of the religious order of Jain Shwetambra Terapanth.[8]

Nomination as Successor-designate to Acharya Tulsi: 4 February 1979 at Rajaldesar, Rajasthan.[8]

Consecration as the 10th Acharya of Terapanth: 5 February 1995, Delhi.[9]

Died on 9 May 2010 (aged 89) Sardarshahar, Rajasthan, India.[10][11]

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  2. ^ "Safeguard country's cultural heritage: Shekhawat". The Times of India. 2003-10-21. Retrieved 2009-01-25. 
  3. ^ Fisher, Mary Pat (1997). Living Religions: An Encyclopaedia of the World's Faiths (revised, illustrated ed.). I.B.Tauris. pp. 124–125. ISBN 1860641482. Retrieved 2009-01-25. 
  4. ^ The A to Z of Jainism de Kristi L. Wiley edited by Vision Books, page 131, ISBN 8170946816
  5. ^ a b Historical Dictionary of Jainism Kristi L. Wiley, Scarecrow Press, 2004, p. XVI
  6. ^ "Ahimsa Day 2008". 
  7. ^ "JVB International Reflections". Jain Vishwa Bharti. 
  8. ^ a b Acharya Mahapragya passes away, The Hindu, May 10, 2010,
  9. ^ Tenth Acharya of Jain Swetembar Terapanth passes away TNN May 10, 2010
  10. ^ "Acharya Mahapragya passes away". The Hindu (Chennai, India). 10 May 2010. 
  11. ^ "Tenth Acharya of Jain Swetembar Terapanth passes away - The Times of India". The Times Of India.