The old couple swam, the husband giving up food and water and the wife following the same path; People are flocking to see

Santhara is a Jain practice of embracing voluntary mortification, which involves taking an oath to physicians to stop eating until they starve to death. According to Jains, it is a way of purifying oneself from bad ‘karma’ and achieving ‘moksha’.

Controversy has also arisen in the Jain community about taking Santhara.

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of Rajasthan Barmer District A Jain couple from The Santas decided to take According to information, 83-year-old Pukhraj Sankhalecha and his wife Santara, a resident of Jasol village in Barmer district, announced to take them together. According to media reports, when 83-year-old Pukhraj Shankhalecha, a resident of Jasol village, returned from a heart operation, he was given a warm welcome. It was said that the next day i.e. December 28 he decided to take Santhra. Then his wife also announced to take Santara on January 6. Both the people giving up food and water are now engrossed in the devotion of the Lord. People are chanting Namokara mantras around them, people from Jain society are serving both.

It has been almost 18 days since Santhara sent Pukhraj Shankhalecha of Barmer. Because of this, he also gave up food and water. When their relatives and Jain followers came to know about the elderly couple’s announcement of retirement, Jain relatives and followers flocked to see the elderly couple at their home. Jain people flock to see the old couple.

Nationwide controversy over Santhara, the matter reached the courts

Controversy has also arisen in the Jain community about taking Santhara. In 2006, a person named Nikhil Soni appealed to the court against it. The petition said, Santha procedure is like suicide and should not be recognized in today’s times and the procedure should be banned. After this, in 2015, a court in Rajasthan declared Santhra illegal. The decision of the court has been strongly opposed by the Jain community across the country. The Jain community across the country took to the streets to protest the Rajasthan court’s verdict. The judgment of the Rajasthan court was then challenged in the High Court. The High Court then dismissed the decision of the Rajasthan court.

What is Santhara in Jainism?

Santhara is a Jain practice of embracing voluntary mortification, which involves taking an oath to physicians to stop eating until they starve to death. According to Jains, it is a way of purifying oneself from bad ‘karma’ and achieving ‘moksha’.

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