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Jain monk Tarun Sagar dies at 51

Jain monk Tarun Sagar

New Delhi: Jain monk Tarun Sagar passed away on Saturday at Delhi’s Radhapuri temple after a prolonged illness. The 51-year-old seer, who was suffering from jaundice and other ailments, breathed his last at around 3 am.

He was earlier admitted to a private medical centre in Delhi.

His last rites will be performed in Uttar Pradesh’s Muradnagar later in the day, said a source.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed grief over his demise and said that he will always be remembered for his rich ideals, compassion and contribution to the society.

“Deeply pained by the untimely demise of Muni Tarun Sagar Ji Maharaj. We will always remember him for his rich ideals, compassion and contribution to society. His noble teachings will continue inspiring people. My thoughts are with the Jain community and his countless disciples,” PM Modi tweeted

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Born in Madhya Pradesh’s Damoh district on June 26, 1967, Tarun Sagar’s original name was Pawan Kumar Jain.

Tarun Sagar was greatly respected by various politicians including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar and Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje.

In 2016, Bollywood music composer Vishal Dadlani was criticised for his scathing remarks questioning Tarun Sagar’s lecture at Haryana Assembly. After a barrage of criticism and a court case, Mr Dadlani had tendered an apology to the Jain monk on Twitter.

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