Jain couple from Madhya Pradesh leave minor daughter, ‘huge property’ for monkhood

A well-educated Jain couple from Madhya Pradesh has decided to leave behind their 3-year-old daughter and property 'worth Rs 100 crore' to embrace monkhood under the 'Shwetambar' (white clad) order of their religion.

By: PTI | Neemuch (mp) | Updated: September 16, 2017 11:23 pm
Jain monk, couple from neemuch Sumit Rathore (left) and wife Anamika with daughter. (Source: Facebook profile of Yatindra Kush Tyagi)

A well-educated Jain couple from Madhya Pradesh has decided to leave behind their three-year-old daughter and property ‘worth Rs 100 crore’ to embrace monkhood under the ‘Shwetambar’ (white clad) order of their religion, according to their families.

Sumit Rathore (35), who had worked in London before managing his family business in Neemuch, and his wife Anamika (34), an engineer who was employed with a mining major, decided to renounce the material world recently, they said.

Earlier this year, a Jain teenage boy from Gujarat, who had scored 99.99 percentile in class XII Commerce examination, took the vow of monkhood.

The couple will be initiated in Jain monasticism at a ceremony to be held in Surat on September 23 by Sudhamargi Jain Acharya Ramlal Maharaj. Their family members said on Saturday the couple has been married for four years and has a daughter. Currently, they have taken a vow of silence till they take ‘deeksha’ (vow) next Saturday.

As per the monkhood tradition, their heads will be shaved and they will put on white robes for their entire life, as per the practice of monks and nuns of the Shwetambar sect.

The couple will start wearing mouth-clothes as per the tradition after the deeksha ceremony. The mouth cloth is worn by Jain hermits so that they do not swallow any living creature like flies etc. even by an accident while they are talking.

Anamika’s father Ashok Chandaliya, a former Neemuch district president of the BJP, said he would take care of his grand-daughter. “I am not against my daughter Anamika becoming a nun,” he said.

Sumit’s father Rajendra Singh, who runs a factory manufacturing gunny bags for packaging cement, also echoed a similar view.

Sumit and Anamika decided to renounce the material world for spiritual pursuits when their daughter was just eight month old, said Sumit’s cousin Sandip Rathore. Sumit announced his decision to take ‘deeksha’ at a function attended by Acharya Ramlal at Surat last month.

“However, the pontiff asked him to seek Anamika’s permission. She not only gave her consent but also expressed desire to become a nun. Their families asked them to rethink, but the couple stood their ground,” Sandip said.

He said Anamika was the first student in Neemuch district to win a gold medal in her Board examinations for class VIII.

According to a family member, she did her B.E from Modi Engineering College at Laxmangarh in Sikar in Rajasthan. She had worked with Hindustan Zinc before her marriage.

Sandip said Sumit holds a diploma in import-export management from a college in London, where he worked for two years before returning to Neemuch to look after his family business. He claimed Sumit owns properties “running into Rs 100 crore”.

Jainism emphasises on non-violence and vegetarianism and is followed by less than one per cent of the country’s total population.

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  1. Neha Upadhyaya
    Sep 22, 2017 at 12:57 am
    This is highly unfair to the 3 years old daughter ... Nobody in this world could nurture a child better than parents ... How come they forgot this basic knowledge .. I am totally against of this .. if you don't have any responsibility you can go ahead ... But you are doing injustice to your daughter ... In a way you are selfish and choosing a path of becoming monk ... Shameful ... Stop doing this drama
    1. J
      Sep 18, 2017 at 5:12 am
      Lord Mahavir waited until his parents died before renouncing the world out of consideration for their feelings. It seems a poor example and extremely selfish that these parents could not at least wait until their child reached adulthood.
      1. S
        Sep 17, 2017 at 5:54 am
        You highlight one such issue. Do you know thousands of such people deny themselves and voluntarily sacrifice their wealth to the poor and follow Jesus Christ. Thousands leave their jobs, forsake their properties for serving the man kind. Still there are hundreds of Mother Teressa s today even in our country. One should not boast about such events. What we give through the left hand should not be known even to the right hand. That is real giving and forsaking.
        1. R
          rick patel
          Sep 17, 2017 at 5:38 am
          Looking after any child is part of all religion ..This selfish parents are going to deprived a small child her parents love which is essential for growing child ..The elders should have stopped this couple who are actually being selfish and are just thinking about themselves e.g. peace ...death etc..very very bad parents
          1. Vasant Deshpande
            Sep 17, 2017 at 5:53 am
            Here Patel, Wont you love the story and the spiritual dedication of the couple. Hats off to the couple ! Vasant Deshpande
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            t m
            Sep 17, 2017 at 5:27 am
            Everyone is worried about money, wealth, religion etc. No one including the parents seem to give a little thought about the little child. Can those 100 crores compensate the lack of parental care, affection and the agony the child may go through? With so much money the child care takers will be tempted to do wrong things than to bring her up. God bless the child. Parents should be counseled for dereliction of duty and if required take a legal action.
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