Gyansagar

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Acharya Shri 108 Gyansagar Maharaj
Name (official) Acharya Shri 108 Gyansagar Maharaj
Personal Information
Birth name Bhooramal Chhabda
Died 1 June 1973(1973-06-01)
Naseerabad, Rajasthan, India
Parents Chaturbhuj and Ghritbhari Devi
Initiation
New name given Gyansagar
Initiated by Acharya Shivsagar
Initiated at Khaniya ji, Jaipur
Initiated on 1959
After Initiation
Rank Acharya
Ascetics initiated Acharya Vidyasagar
Preceded by Acharya Shivsagar
Succeeded by Acharya Vidyasagar

Acharya Jnansagar or Gyansagar (Hindi: आचार्य ज्ञानसागर) was a Digambara Jain Acharyas of 20th century who composed many Sanskrit epics. He was initiated by Acharya Vidyasagar.

Biography[edit]

He was born as Bhooramal Chhabda (Hindi: भूरामल छाबड़ा). His father was Chaturbhuj and mother Ghritbhari devi. He was second of five brothers (Chhaganlal being the eldest and Gangaprasad, Gaurilal and Devdatt being the younger brothers).

After completing primary studies in his village, he further studied Sanskrit and swadwad in Banaras at the famous Syadvad Mahavidyalaya founded by Varniji. He was initiated a kshullak (Junior monk) by Acharya Veersagar who belonged to the lineage of Acharya Shantisagar. He was then named kshullak Gyanbhusan. He remained a kshullak for 2 years and 2 more years as Ailak before becoming a Muni (Full monk).

He was initiated a monk by Acharya Shivsagar who also belonged to the lineage of Acharya Shantisagar, in Khaniya ji, Jaipur in 1959. He was further elevated to the Acharya status in 1968 at Naseerabad, Rajasthan.

He died on June 1, 1973 in Naseerabad.[1]

Works[edit]

As an expert in Sanskrit, he had been a great composer in Sanskrit. At least 30 researchers have studied his works and were honored doctoral degrees. At least 300 scholars have presented research papers on his work.
His works includes 4 Sanskrit epics and 3 more Jain Granthas and that too in the time when the Sanskrit composition was almost obsolete. These creations have always surprised the modern Sanskrit scholars.[2]

Tradition[edit]

He belongs to the tradition established by Acharya Shantisagar:

  1. Acharya Shantisagar
  2. Acharya Virsagar
  3. Acharya Shivsagar
  4. Acharya Gyansagar
  5. Acharya Vidyasagar (present leader)

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