A commemorative postage stamp on Acharya Gyan Sagar, a Digambara Jain Acharya :
Issued on Sep 10, 2013
Issued for : Department of Posts is happy to commemorate Acharya Gyansagar by issuing a postage stamp.
Stamp/Cancellation : Alka Sharma
FDC : Bharati Mirchandani
Type : Stamp, Mint Condition
Colour : Multi colour
Denomination : 500 Paise
Stamps Printed : 0.46 Million (0.15 million for the proponent)
Printing Process : Wet Offset
Printer : Security Printing Press, Hyderabad
Name : Bhooramal Chhabda
Born on Jun 2, 1891 at Ranoli, Rajasthan, India
Died on Jun 1, 1973 at Nasirabad, Rajasthan, India
- Acharya Gyansagar was born on 2nd June 1891 in the village Ranoli, Rajasthan. His original name was Bhooramal. After his early education in the village school, he graduated as a ‘Shastri‘ from Queen’s College, Varanasi. While studying, he took a vow of celibacy and resolved to dedicate his life to propagate the tenets of Jainism and engage in connected literary pursuits.
- Acharya Gyansagar followed the path of renunciation throughout his adult life. In due course, he emerged as an outstanding scholar of ancient Jain literature which he interpreted eloquently for the masses. Acharya Gyansagar was elevated as a “Muni” in 1959 and as an “Acharya” in 1969.
- Acharya Gyansagar will always be remembered for his outstanding contribution towards revival and enrichment of Jain literature. He wrote nine books in Sanskrit, out of which, four epics are widely read. ‘Bhagyodaya‘, ‘Kartavya Path Pradarshan‘, ‘Manav Dharma‘, ‘Vivekodaya‘ are some of his outstanding literary compositions in Hindi. He also composed the popular Hindi epic poem ‘Rishabhavatara‘ which was inspired by the account of the life of Rishabh Dev, the first Tirthankar, as given in ‘Adi Puran‘.
- Acharya Gyansagar taught his disciples to limit their desires and be contented in order to achieve happiness. He selflessly practiced what he preached. Acharya Gyansagar breathed his last on 1st June, 1973 at Nasirabad, Rajasthan. His literature and teachings will continue to enlighten the path of his followers.
- Text : Based on the material provided by the proponent.