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Indian businessman, wife donate property worth INR200 crore to become Jain monks

Bhavesh Bhandari and his wife, residents of Himmatnagar, have decided to follow the path of asceticism

By News Desk
April 17, 2024
Gujarati businessman Bhavesh Bhandari and his wife stand a top a vehicle during their wedding procession. — Screengrab/PTI/File
Gujarati businessman Bhavesh Bhandari and his wife stand a top a vehicle during their wedding procession. — Screengrab/PTI/File

NEW DELHI: In a profound display of spiritual commitment, a Gujarati businessman and his wife have donated their entire wealth, estimated at INR200 crore, to embrace Jain monkhood, Indian media reported.

Bhavesh Bhandari and his wife, residents of Himmatnagar, have decided to follow the path of asceticism after a ceremonious donation of their belongings in February. The couple’s journey towards renunciation began with a four-kilometer procession, a symbolic farewell to their material life, during which they gave away everything from mobile phones to air-conditioners. This act of giving up worldly possessions is in preparation for their initiation into monkhood, known as ‘diksha’ in Jainism, which is scheduled for later this month.

The decision to adopt a life of renunciation, or ‘Saiyam Jeevan,’ was inspired by their children, a 19-year-old daughter and a 16-year-old son, who had previously chosen the path of Jain ascetics in 2023. The Bhandari family, known for their wealth accumulated from a successful construction business, has garnered attention for their significant shift from a life of luxury to one of spiritual austerity.