Have you heard of Gunaratna Samvatsar Tapascharya? Gunaratna Samvatsar is recognized as the biggest ever Tapascharya undertaken in the entire Jain religion. Under this, a person does not touch the food for 377 days. Food intake is done only for 72 days in the form of beverages.
The last person who decided to practice this was a Jain monk, Hansratnavijayji Maharaj Saheb. And now Sadhvi Gunaratna Shreeji Maharaj, 57, became the first Sadhvi to take this initiative. She survived 458 days of the fast and took her Samadhi on December 29, 2017, at 7:30 am.
Sadhvi Gunaratna Shreeji Maharaj from Gautampura, MP, entered Deeksha when she was 17 years old. Acharya Abhayuday Sagar Maharaj gave her the initiation. She lived the life of Sadhvi for 40 years. 23 more people from her family have accepted Deeksha including her parents and brother. They only intake fruit juice or moong on the days they eat.
Sadhvi Gunaratna Shreeji Maharaj is the first Sadhvi who practiced Gunaratna Samvatsar Tapascharya. After Lord Mahavir, Muni Hansratnavijayji Maharaj and two Shravakis have performed this recitation. Though many have tried to do it, it is not that easy to be achieved.
Sadhvi took the decision for a pilgrimage area. Bhaktaamar pilgrimage is being constructed in 15 acres. Out of this, the temple of Bhaktaamar mandir is of 45 thousand square feet. In this, the idol of Dada Adinath will be installed in the original form. Along with the graphical inscriptions of Bhaktaamar Shastra, there will be goshala, dining room, saint housing, etc.
She will forever be remembered for being this resistance that she survived all the consequences in these 458 days of her fasting under the biggest Tapasya of Gunaratna Samvatsar.
Being at the age of 57, Sadhvi required 1000 to 1200 calories in her body. Since she fasted for more than 15 months, her weight constantly got reduced. This may have decreased her resistance to infections, but this is where willpower and natural adjustment of the person helps.
Situated in Gautampura, Sadhvi Gunaratna Shreeji before she passed away, had said that everyone lived because of eating, but there are seldom people who live by sacrificing. She decided to live like a Sadhvi at an early age because according to her religious austerity is best for well-being and welfare of humans.