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12-year-old Surat boy becomes a Jain monk

TOPSHOT – Jain monks garland the feet of 57 ft-high monolithic statue of Lord Bahubali on the second day of 88th “Mahamastakabhisheka”, ‘grand head anointing ceremony’ of the Jain deity atop Vindhyagiri mountain situated in Shravanabelgola town, about 145 kilometers (91 miles) west of Bangalore on February 18, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / STR (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)

By: Keerthi Mohan

A 12-year-old boy from Surat, in the west Indian state of Gujarat, has decided to renounce his family life to join the order of Jain monks. Diamond merchant Dipesh Shah’s son Bhavya wants to renounce family life saying it’s “full of sins at every step.” Seeking Diksha was his own decision, said Bhavya. Diksha is the ceremonial initiation into the Jain order by choosing to renounce not only material comforts, but also emotional attachments. “I have decided to become a monk so that I can keep myself away from sins of this material world. This is my own decision,” Bhavya was…

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