Official nameAcharya Aryanandi

(1907-02-28)28 February 1907
Dhorkin Also Known As Aryanandi nagar, Paithan, British India (now Aurangabad district, Maharashtra, India)
Died8 February 2000(2000-02-08) (aged 92)
Parent(s)Laxmanrao, Krishnabai Ahmindra
Religious career
13 November 1959
Kunthalgiri, Maharashtra
by Muni Samantabhadra

Acharya Aryanandi was a prominent Jain monk of the early 20th century. He is best known for his work in establishing several Jain schools in the Indian state of Maharashtra.[1] Several Jain monks before him have also been named Aryanandi.[2][3]


Acharya Aryanandi was born in the village of Dhorkin Also Known As Aryanandi Nagar , Paithan, Aurangabad district, Maharashtra, India.[4][5] He has been the only Jain acharya from the Saitwal community in recent times. He was married in 1927 and had three children, however in 1953 he retired and decided to give up the worldly life. He was He took the brahmacharya vrata from Acharya Shantisagar in 1955.[6] He was initiated as a muni by Muni Samanthabhadra at Kunthalgiri, Maharashtra, on 13 November 1959. He took sallekhana on 8 February 2000 at Navagad (Parbhani).[7]


He was held in high esteem and is best remembered for the setting up of several Jain schools in Maharashtra,[1] including the Acharya Arya Nandi Lecture Hall in Ellora, Aurangabad district, Maharashtra.[8] The Jain Gurukul at Ellora was also established by him.[9][10] The noted German Jainologist, Hermann Kuhn, studied Jain scriptures extensively under the tutelage of Acharya Aryanandi.[11][12]

See also


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  2. ^ "Jain World". Jain World. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 9 February 2013.
  3. ^ "Online Jain granth, Games, Tirth Darshan, Jainism, Jain Article, Acharya suvidhisagarji". Retrieved 9 February 2013.[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ José Pereira (1977). Monolithic Jinas: The Iconography of the Jain Temples of Ellora. Motilal Banarsidass Publishers. ISBN 978-0-8426-1027-8.
  5. ^ "Aryanandi Educational and Charitable Trust". Archived from the original on 11 July 2013. Retrieved 9 February 2013.
  6. ^ Swahitwal sandesh, p.6
  7. ^ आचार्य श्री १०८ आर्यनंदी जी महाराज, 2012
  8. ^ Educational Institutes - study in Jainism -[usurped]
  9. ^ "Shri Prashwanath Digambar Jain (Pahad) Mandir, Ellora (Verul)". 16 January 2011. Retrieved 9 February 2013.
  10. ^ "Welcome to Shri Parshvanatha Brahmacharyashram, Gurukul". 7 June 1962. Archived from the original on 30 September 2015. Retrieved 9 February 2013.
  11. ^ Benadi, Ajit K. (18 June 2008). "Article Archive | Jain Diaspora - A German View". Retrieved 9 February 2013.
  12. ^ "Jainism Ahimsa News Religious Non-Violence Celebrities Literature Philosophy Matrimonial Institutions". Archived from the original on 3 November 2012. Retrieved 9 February 2013.