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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 King Shrenika. According to the tradition he was awaiting suitable disciples before commencing his public teachings.

According to Shatkhandagama the digambar scripture, the Indra, 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 with humility.

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 Gautam swami.

Diwali marks the day when Lord Mahavira attained Nirvana, and Gautam Swami obtained the kevalajnana.

 

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Snatra Pooja will start at 9:30 am and the Pujan will start at 10:30 am, followed by AARTI, MANGAL DEEVO and SWAMIVATSALYA.

 

 

Main sponsor/sponsors - NAKRO is $ 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 share sponsorship)

 

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 the PUJA.

 

 

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 – 516 864 9885.

 

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. 

 

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