Vidyasagar (Jain monk)

Acharya Shri Vidyasagar Ji Maharaj
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Acharya Vidyasagar
Name (official) Acharya Shri Vidyasagar Ji Maharaj
Personal Information
Birth name Vidyadhar
Born (1946-10-10) October 10, 1946 (age 69)
Sadalga, Belgaum district, Karnataka
Parents Mallappa & Shrimati
Initiated by Acharya Gyansagar
Initiated on 1968
After Initiation
Rank Acharya
Preceded by Acharya Gyansagar

Acharya Vidyasagar (Kannada:ಆಚಾರ್ಯ ವಿದ್ಯಾಸಾಗರ, Nagari:आचार्य विद्यासागर) is one of the best known modern Jain Acharya.[1] He is known both for his scholarship and tapasya.[2] Despite of being in a modern age, he is known for his hard austerity and long hours in meditation.


He was born as Vidyadhar on 10 October 1946 on sharad Purnima in Sadalga, District Belgaum, Karnataka. His father was Shri Mallappa, who later became Muni Mallisagar. His mother Shrimati later became Aryika Samayamati.

He was initiated as a monk at the age of twenty-two by Acharya Gyansagar, who belonged to the lineage of Acharya Shantisagar, at Ajmer in 1968.[3] He was elevated to the Acharya status in 1972.[2]

Acharya Vidyasagara is an expert in Sanskrit, Prakrit and several modern languages such as Hindi, Marathi and Kannada. He has been a prolific author in Hindi and Sanskrit. Several researchers have studied his works for masters and doctoral degrees.[4] His works include Niranjana Shataka, Bhavana Shataka, Parishah Jaya Shataka, Suniti Shataka and Shramana Shataka. He also authored nealy 700 Haiku poems which are unpublished. He authored the Hindi epic poem Mukamati.[2][4] This has been also included in the syllabus of MA Hindi in various institutions.[5] This epic poem has also been translated into English by Mr. Lal Chandra Jain and was presented to President of India.[4][6][7]

Digambara Jain monk
Acharya Vidyasagar Ji Maharaj

Acharya Vidyasagar has been a source of inspiration to the people for starting institutions for the welfare of living beings at different places.[2]

Acharya Vidyasagar has been a source of inspiration for religious functions. He has initiated more than 125 monks,[8][9] a number unmatched in the past nine centuries. Several Panch kalyanak and Gajrath Mahotsava have been organized at different places of the country in his presence like Vidisha, Drongiri, Chattarpur (M.P), Bina Baraha Sagar (M.P), Morena (M.P), Madanganj Kishangarh Ajmer Raj, khajurahro, kundalgri, koniji, Jabalpur Padmanabhpur - Durg (CG) etc.

Acharya Vidyasagar has been a source of inspiration for the construction, development and renovation of Jain temples and images all over India.[2][2] He has always inspired to invite scholars of eminence to have discourses on different subjects. He has also taken classes to teach his disciples different Granthas. He is a strong supporter of cow protection movement.[10]

His tradition

He belongs to the tradition established by Acharya Shantisagar. Acharya Shantisagar initiated Acharya Virasagar, who was then succeeded by Acharya Shivsagar, Acharya Gyansagar and finally Acharya Vidyasagara. Two of his brothers, Muni Yogasagar and Muni Samaysagar also followed him and were initiated as muni (monks) by Acharya Vidyasagar. Some of his disciples are well known scholars of their own right. As of 2001, about 21% of all the Digambar monks were under Acharya Vidyasagara.[11][12]


Acharya Vidyasagar has initiated the highest number of Digambara Jain monks.[13]

  • Upadhyay Niyamsagar
  • Muni Aagamsagar
  • Muni Aanandsagar
  • Muni Aarjavsagar
  • Muni Abhaysaga
  • Muni Abhinandansagar
  • Muni Achalsagar
  • Muni Ajitsagar
  • Muni Akshaysagar
  • Muni Anantsagar
  • Muni Atulsagar
  • Muni Avichalsagar
  • Muni Bhaavsagar
  • Muni Brishabhsagar
  • Muni Chandraprabhsagar
  • Muni Chandrasagar
  • Muni Chinmaysagar
  • Muni Dharmsagar
  • Muni Dhawalsagar
  • Muni Dheersagar
  • Muni Durlabhsagar
  • Muni Guptisagar
  • Muni Kshamasagar
  • Muni Mahasagar
  • Muni Mallisagar
  • Muni Mardavsagar
  • Muni Neeragsagar
  • Muni Neerajsagar
  • Muni Niklanksagar
  • Muni Nirakulsagar
  • Muni Niramaysagar
  • Muni Nirapadsagar
  • Muni Nirbheeksagar
  • Muni Nirdoshsagar
  • Muni Nireehsagar
  • Muni Nirlobhsagar
  • Muni Nirmadsagar
  • Muni Nirmohsagar
  • Muni Nirnaysagar
  • Muni Nirogsagar
  • Muni Nirupamsagar
  • Muni Nirvegsagar
  • Muni Nisangsagar
  • Muni Nisargsagar
  • Muni Nishchalsagar
  • Muni Nishkaamsagar
  • Muni Nishkampsagar
  • Muni Nishpakshsagar
  • Muni Nishpandsagar
  • Muni Nishprihsagar
  • Muni Nisseemsagar
  • Muni Niswarthsagar
  • Muni Niyamsagar
  • Muni Omkarsagar
  • Muni Paavansagar
  • Muni Padamsagar
  • Muni Pavitrasagar
  • Muni Poojyasagar
  • Muni Prabhatsagar
  • Muni Prabodhsagar
  • Muni Prabudhsagar
  • Muni Pramansagar
  • Muni Pranamyasagar
  • Muni Prasadsagar
  • Muni Prashantsagar
  • Muni Prashashtsagar
  • Muni Prayogsagar
  • Muni Puneetsagar
  • Muni Punyasagar
  • Muni Puransagar
  • Muni Rishabhsagar
  • Muni Sahajsagar
  • Muni Samaysagar
  • Muni Sambhavsagar
  • Muni Samrassagar
  • Muni Samtasagar
  • Muni Sandhansagar
  • Muni Sanskarsagar
  • Muni Saralsagar
  • Muni Shailsagar
  • Muni Shashwatsagar
  • Muni Sheetalsagar
  • Muni Shramansagar
  • Muni Shreyanssagar
  • Muni Somyasagar
  • Muni Subratsagar
  • Muni Sudhasagar
  • Muni Sukhsagar
  • Muni Suparshvasagar
  • Muni Suvratsagar
  • Muni Swabhavsagar
  • Muni Uttamsagar
  • Muni Veersagar
  • Muni Vimalsagar
  • Muni Vinamrasagar
  • Muni Vineetsagar
  • Muni Viratsagar
  • Muni Vishadsagar
  • Muni Vishalsagar
  • Muni Yogsagar

See also


  1. ^ Flügel 2006, p. 353
  2. ^ a b c d e f Shah 1998, pp. 56–57
  3. ^ "Aacharya Shri 108 Vidhya Sagar Ji Maharaj". Retrieved 9 August 2015. 
  4. ^ a b c "Acharya Vidyasagar's book "Silent Earth" presented to President". Retrieved 2012-12-12. 
  5. ^ []
  6. ^ "Acharya Vidyasagar's Book "Silent Earth" Presented To President". 
  7. ^ Vidyasagar, Acharya (2010), Lal Chandra Jain, ed., The Silent Earth [Mūkamāṭī], Moortidevi Granthamala: English Series No. 22, New Delhi: Bharatiya Jnanpith, ISBN 978-81-263-1875-9 
  8. ^ Studies in Jaina History and Culture: Disputes and Dialogues - Google Books. Retrieved 2012-12-12. 
  9. ^ "Religious intolerance, terror attacks threat for country: Acharya - Oneindia News". 2008-10-05. Retrieved 2012-12-12. 
  10. ^ Flügel 2006, p. 353.
  11. ^ Flügel 2006, p. 356
  12. ^ "Jain Muni Pramansagar ji Maharaj disciple of Acharya Vidyasagar ji Maharaj. - The Times of India". 2010-10-27. Retrieved 2012-12-12. 
  13. ^ "Acharya Shri 108 Vidya Sagar Ji Maharaj". []. 


  • Shah, Natubhai (1998). Jainism: The World of Conquerors. Volume I and II. Sussex: Sussex Academy Press. ISBN 1-898723-30-3. 
  • Kshamasagar, Muni (2007). In Quest of Self : The life story of Acharya Shri Vidyasagar. Delhi: Bhartiya Jnanpith. ISBN 81-263-1166-5. 

Further reading

  • Vidyasagar, Acharya, Mook Maati, Bhartiya Jnanpith, ISBN 978-81-263-1436-2 
  • Vidyasagar, Acharya (2010), Lal Chandra Jain, ed., The Silent Earth [Mūkamāṭī], Moortidevi Granthamala: English Series No. 22, New Delhi: Bharatiya Jnanpith, ISBN 978-81-263-1875-9 
  • Mācave, Prabhākara; Rāmamūrti, Tripāṭhī, Mūkamāṭī-Mīmāṃsā (in Hindi), 1, 2 & 3, Bhartiya Jnanpith