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(The Chief Disciple of Bhagwan Mahaveer)

Today on Shravan Krishna Ekam, 2571st Veer Shasan Diwas & Gandhar Pad Diwas and on the occassion of the Inauguration of GAUTAM GANDHAR YEAR by the Supreme Jain Sadhvi Pujya Ganini Pramukh Shri Gyanmati Mataji, I present a brief introduction of Gautam Gandhar Swami, the first Chief Disciple of Bhagwan Mahaveer.

  1. Present Jain Philosophy mainly rests on the Divyadhvani or Divine Sermons of the 24th Teerthankar-Bhagwan Mahaveer Swami.
  2. The Divine voice was in the form of `OHM,' which was deciphered by his first Chief disciple-Gautam Gandhar.

Infact, the Divyadhvani of Bhagwan Mahaveer was produced on Shravan Krishna Ekam only after Indrabhuti Gautam came to the Samavsaran, the Divine Sermon Assembly of Bhagwan after 66 days of its formation i.e., the attainment of Omniscience by Bhagwan about 2570 years before from today. As soon as Indrabhuti came to the Samavsaran, he became an ardent disciple of the Lord and accepted Jaineshwari Deeksha.