Who is diamond heiress Devanshi Sanghvi, the youngest Indian Monk?
An Indian eight-year-old girl who was due to inherit a multimillion-dollar diamond fortune instead chose to give up worldly luxuries and become a Jain Sadhvi. The child is now among the youngest individuals to have undergone the Diksha ceremony, which requires participants to give up all material possessions in order to become Jain monks.
Who is Devanshi Sanghvi?
Up until this week, Devanshi Sanghvi was the heir to the Sanghvi and Sons jewellery company in Surat, a city in western India that is popularly known as "Diamond City" due to its importance in the world gem trade. Ami and Dhanesh Sanghvi welcomed her into the world. Her family is a part of the Jain religion, a small but venerable sect of Hinduism that advocates strict vegetarianism, nonviolence, and compassion for all living things, large and small.
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She was honoured during a four-day ceremony to announce her new profession, during which she once rode in an elephant-drawn carriage. Then on Wednesday, after having all her hair removed, she went to a temple to exchange her ornate clothing for a plain white cotton outfit.
Devanshi Sanghvi was given the name Sadhvi Shri Dingat Pragya Shriji after receiving Deeksha from Sadhvi Prismita Shreeji.
Devanshi’s Family and Relatives
In front of tens of thousands of spectators, 8-year-old Devanshi gave up her worldly life and chose the path of renunciation. According to her relatives, Devanshi's piety was well known among Surat's Jain community members even when she was a young child. The young girl was reportedly a regular participant in temple rituals and had never seen a movie, watched television, or visited a mall or restaurant.
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The family did, however, mention Devanshi's ardent interest in religion and her constant desire to achieve Sanyas. They went on to say that it was because of her commitment that she and her guru successfully completed a padayatra that spanned about 600 km.
What is Jainism?
The Jain Dharma is another name for the Indian religion known as Jainism. Jainism traces its philosophical roots and historical progression through the succession of twenty-four Tirthankaras. The first of the current time cycle, according to tradition, was Rishabhadeva, who lived millions of years ago. Parshvanatha, the twenty-third Tirthankara, is thought to have lived in the ninth century BCE. Mahavira, the 24th Tirthankara, is thought to have lived around 600 BCE. According to Jainism, the Tirthankaras are in charge of overseeing each cosmological time cycle, making it an eternal dharma. The three fundamental principles of Jainism are ahi (non-violence), anekntavda (non-absolutism), and aparigraha (non-violence) (asceticism).
Dhanesh Sanghvi, the sole child of Mohan Sanghvi, the founder of Sanghvi and Sons, resides in Malgaon, a town in Rajasthan's Sirohi district. Under the name Sanghvi & Sons, Dhanesh Bhai Sanghvi and his father Mohan Bhai Sanghvi operate a diamond business in Surat and Mumbai.