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Acharya Shantisagar Ji- greatest Digambara monk of modern India

Digambar refers to the original and older sect of Jainism. Digambar Jains are the last descendants of ancient sramana tradition.


(Main|Digambar monk) The three things a Digambar monk can carry:

  1. picchi, a broom made up of fallen peacock feathers (for clearing the place before walking or sitting)
  2. kamandala, a water gourd
  3. Shastra (scriptures)

Every Digambar monk is required to follow 28 vows (vratas) compulsory.[1]


The term acharya is used to refer the head of the monastic order

Acharyas Time period Known for
Bhadrabahu 3rd century BC Chandragupta Maurya's spiritual teacher
Kundakunda 2nd century AD Author of Samayasāra, Niyamasara, Pravachansara, Barah anuvekkha
Umaswami 2nd century AD Author of Tattvarthsutra (canon on science and ethics)
Pujyapada 5th century AD Author of Iṣṭopadeśa (Divine Sermons), a concise work of 51 verses
Manatunga 6th century AD Creator of famous Bhaktamara Stotra
Virasena 8th-century AD Mathematician and author of Dhavala
Jinasena 9th century AD Author of Mahapurana (major Jain text) and Harivamsha Purana.
Nemichandra 10th century AD Author of Dravyasamgraha and supervised the consecration of the Gomateshwara statue.
Acharya Shantisagar 20th century AD Reformer of digambara tradition.

Siribhoovalaya, a cryptographic work by the digambara monk, Kumudendu Muni is not yet deciphered completely.


  1. Muni Pramansagar|2008|p=189-191