sadhvi_gyanmatiji

sadhvi gyanmatiji

Village: Tikaitnagar Dist Barabanki UP

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Sangh Acharya None
Diksha Guruji None
Diksha Divas May 2, 1956
Name MAINA JAIN
Janma Divas Oct. 22, 1934
Mother's name MOHINI DEVI
Father's name CHHOTELALJI
Siblings
Samaadhi Divas None
Samaadhi Sthal

Introduction

Pujya Ganini Pramukh Shri Gyanmati Mata Ji is like the brilliant sun on the wide-spread sky of Jain tradition in the present century. All the efforts to enclose her glorious personality in words will surely remain incomplete, however with the sincere wish of paying homage to her long ascetic life, I am humbly trying to pen down her brief introduction-


1. BIRTH, RENUNCIATION & INITIATION-‘Maina’ was born as the first child of Smt. Mohini Devi, the wife of Shri Chotteylal Ji Jain of Tikaitnagar (Dist.-Barabanki, U.P.) on 22nd October 1934, the day of Sharad Poornima. By the regular study (Swadhyaya) of ‘Padmanandipanchvinshatika’, an ancient Jain scripture, which was given to mother Mohini in dowry by her parents, Maina developed a deep
feeling of renouncing the world. Infact, such feelings were deeply rooted in her since previous births.
At the tender age of 18 years, Maina took the vows of lifelong
Celibacy, Seven Pratimas (Vows for householders) and the renouncement
of home from Acharyaratna Shri Deshbhushan Ji Maharaj in
1952 on the very day of Sharad Poornima.
Later in 1953 the first Brahmacharini of the 20th century
Km. Maina took Kshullika Deeksha (Primary stage of initiation)
from Acharya Shri Deshbhushan Ji on Chaitra Krishna Ekam at
Mahavir ji Atishaya Kshetra (Rajasthan) to become ‘Kshullika
Veermati’.
In 1955 Veermati Ji stayed in the holy feet of Charitra
Chakravarti Acharya Shri Shantisagar Ji Maharaj for one month
at the time of his Samadhi at Kunthalgiri and as per his order, She
took Aryika Deeksha (Highest stage of initiation for females) from
Acharya Shri Veersagar Ji Maharaj, the first disciple Pattacharya
of Acharya Shri Shantisagar Ji, on Vaishakh Krishna Dooj of 1956
at Madhorajpura (Jaipur-Rajasthan) to become ARYIKA
GYANMATI.
2. STUDIES & TEACHING-Since the beginning Mata
Gyanmati Ji was having keen desire for acquiring knowledge. The
best means for the same was chosen by her in the form of teaching
Munis (Digambar saints), Aryikas (female saints) and other
disciples of the Sangh (group). She started with ‘Katantra
Roopmala’ (the Sanskrit Grammer) to continue with various ancient Jain scriptures as Gommatsar, Parikshamukh, Nyaydeepika, Prameyakamalmartand, Ashtasahasri, Tattvartharajvartik, Sarvarthasiddhi, Anagardharmamrit, Moolachar, Triloksar etc. She gained a lot of knowledge in a very less time and she also became an expert of various languages as Hindi, Sankrit, Prakrit, Kannad, Marathi etc. 3. STARTED WRITING IN SANSKRIT-Infact there was no example of writing scriptures by Jain Sadhvis (female saints) in the history of 2500 years after Lord Mahavir, the 24th Tirthankar (Jain
Lord) but Kshullika Veermati Ji created the landmark.