Sadhvi Kanakprabha

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Mahashramani Sadhvi Kanakprabha
Official name Mahashramani Sadhvi Pramukha Shri Kanakprabha Ji
Religion Jainism
Born (1941-07-22)22 July 1941
Kolkata, West Bengal, India
Initiation Kanakprabha

Sadhvi Kanakprabha was born in Calcutta, Bengal, British India, on 22 July 1941. She attended Parmarthik Shikshan Sanstha, Ladnun (an institution where training is given before taking Jain initiation), at the age of 15. Her decision to lead the life of an ascetic was realised at the age of 19 after finishing her studies in Ladnun. She was initiated by the 9th head of Terapanth sect, Acharya Tulsi, on 8 July 1960.

In Jain Shwetamber Terapanth sect, She had been declared the 9th Sadhvipramukha (head of nuns) on 14 Jan 1972 & Mahashramani (head of samanis) on 17.01.1979 at Gangasahar. She is a likewise qualified editor and author in Sanskrit, Prakrit and Hindi language.


Many Jain Agamas were converted by her from Prakrit into Hindi language, more than 50 books written by Acharya Tulsi were edited by her.

A collection of poems called "sargam" was also released by her. She has authored an epic on travelling "Yatra Granth" which is recognised as one of the great books of Hindi literature. Few of her prominent books are listed as below

1. Paanv-Paanv Chalnewala Suraj

2. Jab Mahak Uthi Marudhar Maati

3. Jaa ghar Aaye Sant Paahune

4. Saason Kaa Iktaar (Poetry Collection)

5. Sant Charan Ganga ki Dhara

She is the member of Core Committee Of FUREC(Foundation of Unity of Religions and Enlighted Citizenship). FUREC is a Non-Profit Organization set up to under the mentorship of immediate President of India Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam & Spiritual Leder Acharya Mahapragya with the aim to sustain the human spirit on the basis of the acceptance of, and respect for, all religions, spirituality, economic well being and the practice of Non-Violence.

See also[edit]


  • Guardians of the Transcendent: an ethnography of a Jain ascetic community

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