Varuna Jain Ruins & Inscriptions

Varuna a small hamlet situated at a distance of 12 Kms from Mysore the cultural capital of Karnataka at the outset appears just like any another village in Karnataka until we start exploring its heritage. It bears a rich heritage in terms of history and culture from the period of early Western Gangas of Talakad […]

Retired Jain teacher dies while observing ‘Sallekhana’ fast near Vandavasi

  Ponnurmalai (Tamil Nadu), December 4, 2016: A septuagenarian follower of Jainism attained samadhi by observing ‘Sallekhana’ fasting (also called Santhara) near Vandavasi on Sunday night. J. Appandairajan (75), a retired teacher of Vangaram village near Vandavasi, had started the vow at Visakachariyar Tapo Nilayam near Ponnur hills on November 20. A celibate monk called […]


Jain scholar observes ‘santhara’ in Vandavasi

Chennai (Tamil Nadu), November 29, 2016: When the editor of ‘Mukkudai’, a monthly periodical of Tamil Jains, met its regular contributor and scholar J Appandirajan two days ago, he politely asked him to inform readers through a footnote that it would be his last column. Seventy-six-year-old Appandirajan has been undergoing santhara (sallekhana), a Jain ritual […]

Shravanabelagola's - Siddhara Gundu and its heritage

Shravanabelagola’s Siddhara Gundu and its Heritage

– Article & photos by Nitin H.P. A rock boulder located besides Akhanda Bagilu on Indragiri Hillock, Shravanabelagola, Hassan District, Karnataka, India. Has 8 inscriptions – related to carvings on the hillock, Sallekhana memorials, visit of devotees & construction of a water reservoir. Seven Sallekhana memorials with & without inscriptions. Carvings of Jinas and a group […]

Marasimhas - Inscription at Shravanabelagola

Marasimha’s Inscription at Shravanabelagola

– Nitin H.P. (HPN@JHC), Executive Director, Uniqueness – A Sallekhana Memorial – also called as a Nishadi. An example for a Kamba Nishadhi – Pillar Nishadi of a  King attaining Samadhi through Sallekhana. This is the 1st instance of a Nishadi inscribed on a Brahma stambha. Gives a detailed account of the king’s valour, […]

Newly Found 12th Century - Sallekhana Memorial is Karmadevaru for Locals

Newly Found “Sallekhana” Memorial is “KarmaDevaru” for Locals

– Photos & Article by Ravikumar K. Navalagunda, Harihara (Translated to English by Nitin H.P.) A Nishadi stone of 12th century has been discovered in the premises of Karmadevara Gudi at Kunchuru village in Hirekerur taluk of Haveri district in Karnataka. It has been found in the midst of shrubs in an open field at […]

Jaina Bhattarakha Sammelana - Shravanabelagola

Sallekhana: Jains resolve to stop protesting against HC verdict

Shravanabelagola (Hassan District, Karnataka), September 2, 2015: The convention of Jain seers here on Tuesday resolved to stop protesting against Sallekhana / Santhara judgement as the Supreme Court had stayed the Rajasthan High Court’s verdict on the practice. Of the 14 Jain mutts in Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Maharasthra States, seers of 11 had participated […]

Sallekhana/Santhara Case Supreme Court of India STAYED the Rajasthan High Court Order & Granted LEAVE

New Delhi, August 31, 2015: Supreme Court of India stayed the Rajasthan High Court order which termed the Jain religious ritual Santhara (fast unto death) as illegal. It can be recalled here that the Rajasthan High Court had in its judgement in August 2015 had made Santhara punishable under section 306 and 309 IPC (abatement […]

Sallekhana verdict: Bengaluru Jains shut down business

Bengaluru (Karnataka), August 27, 2015: Jains from all over Karnataka today converged in Bengaluru and took out a rally to express disappointment over the Rajasthan High Court’s order on Sallekhana ritual. The Jains, who control textiles, apparel and hardware business in Karnataka, closed their business establishments for a day across the state as a mark […]

Santhara not suicide, Jains tell apex court

New Delhi, August 26, 2015: A Jain community organisation on Tuesday approached the Supreme Court challenging Rajasthan HC order terming “Santhara” ritual as offence, contending it is not an act to terminate one’s life but a vow taken for spiritual purification. Akhil Bharat Varshiya Digambar Jain Parishad said “Santhara or Sallekhana” is a vow intended […]

Jains protest against Rajasthan HC decision on “Santhara”

Belagavi (Karnataka), August 24, 2015: The “Samasth Jain Samaj” has demanded that the Prime Minister intervene immediately to ensure that the religious rights and interests of Jains were well protected by all the three pillars of democracy. As part of the nationwide protest by Jain communities against the recent judgment of the Rajasthan High Court, […]

Santhara verdict: Jains to hold mega protest today

Bhopal (Madhya Pradesh), August 23, 2015: Members of the Jain community will take out rallies in several cities and towns across India on Monday to protest against the recent Rajasthan High Court order on Santhara, a practice of fasting unto death. Calling the practice illegal, a double bench of the high court had called the […]

Over 7000 Jains protest against Raj HC order on Santhara

Pune (Maharashtra), August 24, 2015: Sakal Jain Samaj, an organization of Jains in the city, marched in silence on Monday to protest against the Rajasthan high court’s recent order banning Santhara, a voluntary fast unto death, and making it an offence under Section 309 (attempt to suicide) of the Indian Penal Code. The march started […]

ಸಲ್ಲೇಖನ ವ್ರತವನ್ನಾಚರಿಸುತ್ತಿರುವ ಜೈನ ಮುನಿ ಯೊಬ್ಬರ ಚಿತ್ರ.

ಸಲ್ಲೇಖನ ಮರಣವು ಅಮಾನವೀಯ ಆಚರಣೆಯೇ?

– ಲೇಖಕರು: ಷ. ಶೆಟ್ಟರ್ (ಕೃಪೆ: ಪ್ರಜಾವಾಣಿ) ಆಧುನಿಕ ಸಂವಿಧಾನದೊಡನೆ ಅನಾದಿ ಧಾರ್ಮಿಕ ಸಂಪ್ರದಾಯದ ಘರ್ಷಣೆ – ಜೈನ ಸಮುದಾಯದ ‘ಸಲ್ಲೇಖನ ವ್ರತ’ದ ಆಚರಣೆಯನ್ನು ರಾಜಸ್ತಾನ ಹೈಕೋರ್ಟ್‌ ನಿಷೇಧಿಸಿದೆ. ಸಲ್ಲೇಖನ ವ್ರತ ಕಾನೂನುಬಾಹಿರ, ಇದು ಶಿಕ್ಷಾರ್ಹ ಅಪರಾಧ ಎನ್ನುವುದು ಕೋರ್ಟ್‌ ಅಭಿಪ್ರಾಯ. ಆದರೆ, ಎರಡು ಸಾವಿರ ವರ್ಷಗಳಿಗೂ ಹೆಚ್ಚಿನ ಇತಿಹಾಸ ಇರುವ ‘ಸಲ್ಲೇಖನ’ ವ್ರತದ ಆಚರಣೆಯನ್ನು ಹಿಂದೂ, ಮುಸ್ಲಿಂ, ಕ್ರೈಸ್ತ ರಾಜ್ಯಾಂಗಗಳು ಗೌರವದಿಂದ ಕಂಡಿವೆ. ಮರಣ ಸಂಹಿತೆ ಜೈನಸಿದ್ಧಾಂತದಲ್ಲಿ ‘ಆತ್ಮಹತ್ಯೆ’ಯನ್ನು ಸಂಕೇತಿಸುವ ಪದವಿಲ್ಲ, ಆದರೆ ದೇಹತ್ಯಾಗವನ್ನು ಗುರುತಿಸುವ […]

Ban on Sallekhana; Belagavi Jains to organize large peace rally

Belagavi (Karnataka), August 22, 2015: Expressing dissatisfaction to the recent verdict of Rajasthan high court that banned Santhara/Sallekhana, a centuries old religious belief of Jains by equalising it with suicide, the Jain community in Belagavi, which is in considerable number will hold large peace rally in city on Monday. Thousands of Jains will take part […]

Protest against ban on Santhara gaining momentum

Jaipur/Mumbai, August 19, 2015: In order to protest against the Rajasthan high court’s ban on Santhara, the Sallekhana Jain community will observe a country-wide silent march on August 24. There would be a silent protest termed as ‘dharam bachao aandolan’ all across the state. The Mumbai Jain community has organized a peace rally against the […]

VHP Urges Rajasthan High Court to Reconsider Ban on Jain Starvation Ritual ‘Santhara’

Jaipur (Rajasthan), August 19, 2015: The Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) on Thursday urged the Rajasthan High Court to reconsider its decision to ban the ancient Jain starvation ritual ‘Santhara’. The ritual, also called Sallekhana, is the voluntary starvation to embrace death. The Shwetambar sect of the community, which practises the age-old ritual, considers it the […]

Rajasthan High Court order on Santhara tradition challenged in apex court

New Delhi, August 19, 2015: A petition challenging the Rajasthan High Court verdict holding Santhara, a centures-old Jain ritual of voluntary and systematic fasting to death, an offence and maintaining that people opting for the ritual can be punished under section 306 (abetment to suicide) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) was filed before the […]

Jain bodies cry foul over Raj HC’s Santhara ruling

Nagpur (Maharashtra), Aug 14, 2015: Digambar Jain muni Prasanna Sagarji Maharaj, one of the most revered in the community, on Friday termed the Rajasthan High Court’s outlawing the Jain practice of Santhara or Sallekhana (fast unto death) as unfortunate. Prasanna Sagarji, who is in the city for his four-month-long Chaturmaas, told reporters, “It has hurt […]

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