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What does SANTHARA mean ?

Asked by sabey sherwani, 07 Apr '09 02:48 am
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Voluntary Peaceful Death
Saturday, September 30th, 2006
A few days ago, the BBC reported on the ritual death of Vimla Devi in Jaipur, who committed Santhara, sanctioned by Jainism, where a person voluntarily gives up food and prepares for death. Vimla Devis fast was challenged and now the courts are considering whether Santhara should be considered suicide. The argument for not considering it suicide states that committing Santhara is a rational decision that requires the sanction of a cleric, and the persons family, and is not an impulsive private act like suicide (though I doubt if suicide is impulsive). Those who oppose Santhara are worried about it having a resemblance to Sati, and the possibility of sick and old persons being pressured to voluntarily starve themselves.

Santhara itself has public and performative aspect, similar and different from Kafkas Hunger Artist. From India Today:

The period of the fast that leads to death varies. Harchand Surana of Sardarsahar in Bi ...more
Answered by radhikamruta, 07 Apr '09 05:34 am

 
  
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Santhara is mainly seen in JAINISM........in that person left eating n drinking and just take god name and after certain days he/she accept death selfly.....and those who follow santhara they called as very great soul and ppl took them in smashaan as like festivle and they happyly give them last best wishes......
Answered by krunal modi, 07 Apr '09 02:53 am

 
  
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I believe its a spiritual word in Jain faith for suicide by fasting..
Answered by Ashok Maurya, 07 Apr '09 02:52 am

 
  
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Dying as part of a customary practice of santhara with a sect of the community, In santhara, after a person belonging to the Shwetambar Jain community deems to have completed worldly duties, he or she observes fast unto death for attaining salvation.
Answered by anil garg, 08 Oct '09 10:31 pm

 
  
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Like drom did readyto die or die thru yoga
Answered by Dinesh C S, 07 Apr '09 08:42 am

 
  
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