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About Gautam Swami
The Ganadhara Gautam
Swami was the chief disciple of Lord Mahavira,
the 24th Jain Tirthankara. His
real name was Indrabhuti Gautam, but he is after referred to as Gautama because
that was his gotra. He was born in the Gochchar village in the Magadh kingdom to
a Brahmin couple Vasubhuti and Prithvi. He had 500 students studying with him
while he was conducing a yajna at Madhyam Pava.
Lord Mahavira, after having attained kevalajnana,
came to Vipula hill
just outside the capital Rajagriha of
According to the tradition he was awaiting suitable disciples before commencing
his public teachings.
According to Shatkhandagama the digambar scripture,
pretending to be a medicant, approached Indrabhuti.
The Indra asked him to explain the meaning of a verse:
पंचेव अत्थिकाया छज्जीव णिकाया महव्वया पंच |
अट्ठयपवयण-मादा सहेउओ बंध-मोक्खो य ||
When he was unable to explain the verse, the Indra advised him to visit the samosharana of
Lord Mahavira so that he can learn the meaning of the verse.
As he was approaching the set of Lord Mahavira at his gandhakuti, he saw the
lofty manastambha (the
column of pride). Seeing the manastambha, his pride vanished and he was filled
He became the chief disciple of Lord Mahavira at the age of 50. The day he took diksha is
celebrated as Guru Purnima.
His brothers Agnibhuti and Vayubhuti, both scholars of distinction, also became
Ganadharas of Lord Mahavira.
According to Shwetambar scripture Kalpasutra,Indrabhuti
the great Brahman was
preparing for yagna[a
holy sacrifice]along with his 500 disciples which included his learned brothers
Agnibhuti and Vayubhuti. He was so learned and spiritually powerful person that
when ever he performed a yagna Indra along with other devi-devtas [demi-gods]
would attend the same. The same was aught to happen this time too, Indrabhuti
observes the devi-devtas arriving from the sky in their divine vehicles, but to
his shock neither of them stopped at his ashram [hermitage] but passed over it
without even giving an eye to Indrabhuti. This hurt Indrabhuti’s ego making him
think that who suddenly became more powerful than he was. He decided to follow
the vehicles of devtas to reach that person and challenge him for a shastrarth
[scriptural debate] and defeat him. But little did he know that his life was
going to change forever. Indrabhuti reaches the place where the devtas stopped
and climbed a beautiful Samvosaran [sermon] of Lord Mahavir. Indrabhuti’s ego
melted away at the sight of the Manasthambha and his curiosity rose to see the
person inside the Samvosaran. By then all his 500 disciples reached there after
him. Indrabhuti started climbing the steps of Samvosaran. Each step he climbed
his ego melted and finally he sees the face of the person he wanted to defeat –
it was Lord Mahavir. Seeing the divine face his ego melted completely and he
thought “what a divine face, how calm and pure his expressions are. How mature
but at the same time innocent his face is” but before he completed his thought
Lord Mahavir called him “Goyama” [Gautama], leaving a surprise in Indrabhuti’s
mind that how does he know him and his Gotra, but before he could he react Lord
said “being a learned Brahman why still do you doubt the existence of the atman
[soul]. “Now this came as a shock to indrabhuti as this indeed was his doubt and
he had not shared it with any one yet, Lord continued and cleared his doubt by
reciting a shloka from the upanishads itself and similarly he cleared the doubts
of Agnibhuti and Vayubhuti. Indrabhuti along with his 500 disciples became so
dispassioned that they asked Lord to give them Diksha and become ascetics to
which Lord obliged and made them his disciples, and Indrabhuti was then known as
Diwali marks the day when Lord Mahavira attained Nirvana,
and Gautam Swami obtained the kevalajnana.
will start at 9:30 am and the Pujan will start at 10:30 am, followed by AARTI,
Main sponsor/sponsors -
1111.00. Sponsor(s) will be doing the Pujan in the center of the stage of on
the YANTRA and on
GAUTAM SWAMI murti.
(1 family with 6 participant or 2 families with 3 participants each can
Nakro for all
Other - $ 111.00. Maximum of 2 particiant per patlo.
We will be
providing the YANTRA, KALASH, PATLO and all the other items for the PUJAN. Each
participant will be able to take home the YANTRA and KALASH that they performed
Puja clothes are required for each participant of PUJAN.
We have limited number of seats
so please register your names with Chandrakant
Shah - 516 232 7579 or Sweeta Khona
We are also
looking for 5 Sponsors for
Swamivatsalya nakro of $ 351.00.
Each sponsor will be given 1 set of participation of Guatam Swami Pujan.