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Acharya Vijay Vallabh Suri
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Name (official) Acharya Vijay Vallabh Suri
Personal Information
Birth name Chhagan
Born (1870-10-26)October 26, 1870
Vadodara, Gujarat
Died 22 September 1954(1954-09-22) (aged 83)
Byculla,Mumbai
Parents Deepchand, Icchabai
Initiation
New name given Vallabhvijay
Initiated by Vijayanandsuri (Atmaram)
Initiated on 5 May 1887
After Initiation
Rank Acharya
Succeeded by Samudra Suri

Acharya Vijay Vallabh Suri was a Jain monk. He is also known as Punjab Kesari. He was a disciple of Vijayanandsuri. He worked for religious as well as social life of people. He worked actively in Punjab.[1]

Early life[edit]

He was born as Chhagan on 26 October 1870 ( Second day of bright half of Kartik month, Vikram Samvat 1927) at Vadodara, Gujarat.[1] His parents Deepchand and Ichhabai died in his early years.

Ascetic life[edit]

He met Vijayanandsuri at Janiseri Jain Upashray, Vadodara.[citation needed] At age of 17 years, he was initiated as a Jain monk Muni Vallabhvijay on 5 May 1887 (Jayesth Vad 9, Vikram Samvat 1944) by Vijayanandsuri and became disciple of Muni Harshvijay. In Vikram Samvat 1981, he was conferred the title of Acharya on Margshirsh Sudi 5 by Sumti Vijay at Lahore. He was also conferred with title of Pattdhar by Jain sangha.

Later life[edit]

Throughout his life, Acharya Vallabh Suriji placed emphasis on education and inspired Jains to build more educational institutions. He founded Mahavir Jain Vidyalaya (at Mumbai, Vadodara, Pune), parshwanath umed mahavidyalaya (at falna Aatmanand Jain College (at Ambala, Malerkotla), Aatmanand Jain High School (Ludhiana, Ambala, Malerkotla, Bagwada, Hoshiarpur, Jandiala Guru) and other educational institutes.[1] He wrote some books and religious texts in Hindi, Gujarati, Punjabi Languages. He also established Atmanand Jain Sabha. He supported Mahatma Gandhi's non-violence movement for freedom of India.[2]

Demise[edit]

He died on 22 September 1954 ( Asoj Vadi 19, Vikram Samvat 2011), Tuesday at 2:32 am in Mumbai.[1] In the chair of Purushottam Das Thakur(Tagore), prayer meet was organized later. A memorial was later built in the Byculla Jain Sangh, where he breathed his last. It is known as Guru Mandir.

Legacy[edit]

His disciples are now a part of Atam - Vallabh Samudai, an ascetic grouping. Their leader is known as Pattadhar. Successors of it in chronological order are:

  1. Jainacharya Vijayanand Suri - popularly known as Guru Atam
  2. Jainacharya Vijay Vallabh Suri
  3. Jain Acharya Vijay Samudra Suri
  4. Jain Acharya Vijay Indradinn Suri
  5. Jain Acharya Vijay Ratnakar Suri
  6. Jain Acharya Vijay Nityanand Suri

History[edit]

Acharya VallabhSuriji Was In Gujranwala City Of Present Day Pakistan When The Partition Of India & Pakistan Took Place,For The Jain Tradition Of Chaturmas . Arrangements Were Made By The Then Indian Government To Bring Him Back From Pakistan Via Aeroplane But Vallabh Suri Being A Jain Monk And A Guru For All His Disciples Denied The Arrangements And Declared That He would Come India Along With All Jains Living In Gujranwala And There After Many Attacks Were Done But None Of Them Could Harm Even A Single Person,Even Bombs Were Thrown But Even They Couldn't Harm Anyone And Eventually VallabhSuriji Managed To Enter India Via Wagah Border. Many Jains Belonging To Gujranwala Still Live In Different Parts Of Punjab State Of India.

Recognition[edit]

  • Vijay Vallabh Smarak - built and managed by Shri Atma Vallabh Jain Smarak Shikshan Nidhi, a Memorial in Delhi was erected to honour him.[2]
  • India Post issued a postage stamp of Vallabhsuri on 21 February 2009 which depicted his image along with Vijay Vallabh Smarak as a background image.

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Acharya Vijay Vallabh Suri". herenow4u.com. Retrieved 28 December 2012. 
  2. ^ a b Titze, Kurt (1998). Jainism: A Pictorial Guide to the Religion of Non-Violence. Motilal Banarsidass Publ. p. 136. ISBN 9788120815346. Retrieved 28 December 2012. 

References[edit]

  • Jainism: The World of Conquerors By Natubhai Shah, 1998 Sussex Academic Press

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