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Digambara Monasticism

10 Jul
Shanti Sagar Maharaj

The prominent Acharyas of the Digambar tradition were: * Acharya Kundakunda: author of Samayasar, etc. * Acharya Virasena: author of Dhavala * Acharya Aryanandi (monk) In around 10th century Digambar tradition was divided into two main orders. * Mula Sangh: includes Sena gana, Deshiya gana, Balatkara gana etc. * Kashtha Sangh: includes Mathura gana, Lat-vagad gana, etc. Acharya Shantisagar, the first Acharya of the 20th century, belonged to the tradition of Sena gana. Practically all the Digambara monks today, belong to the tradition of Acharya Shantisagar directly or indirectly. The Bhattarakas of Shravanabelagola and Mudbidri belong to Deshiya gana and Bhattara of Humbaj belongs to Balatkara gana. Among the prominent Digambara Acharyas today are Acharya Vidyasagar, Acharya Vidyanand, Acharya Pushpadant and Acharya Devanandji and Acharya Abhinandan Sagar Ji. Acharya Abhinandan Sagar Ji is the current pattacharya of Acharya Shantisagar Ji

 
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Digambara Jain communities in India

10 Jul

The native Jain communities of Rajasthan,Madhya Pradesh, Bundelkhand, Uttar Pradesh, Southern Maharashtra, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu are all Digambaras. In north India, the Saravagis and the Agrawals are also Digambaras. In Gujarat the majority of Jains follow the Svetambara tradition, although some Jain communities of these regions, like the Humad, narsinghpura are also Digambaras. Digambara also has different communities under it such as Padmavati Porwal,Saitwal, Lad, Khandelwal, Bagherwal, Aggarwal, Visa Mewada etc. Chatutath, Pancham, Bogar, Kasar, Patni ,Sethi ,Tongia, Kasliwal, Badjatiya, Patwa etc belonging to Khandelwal (Jain) sub-community are maily from Rajasthan. Their ancestries have been engaged in business and have attain great riches. Lot of jain temples and havelis made in jaislmer, udaipur, jodhpur region have been built by them. Parwars mainly come from Bundelkhand. They are one of the most learned amongst Jains. Most Pandits and Scholars of tirthakshetras are Parwars.

 
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