A Jain couple in Madhya Pradesh has decided to leave behind their 3-year-old daughter and 100 crore property to become monks.
Sumit Rathore and his wife Anamika are scheduled to renounce the material world (the first step of their initiation into monkhood) under Sudhamargi Jain Acharya Ramlal Maharaj at Surat in Gujarat on September 23.
Sumit Rathore, 35, holds a degree in import-export from a college in London where he stayed and worked for two years before coming back to India to run his family’s successful business. His wife, Anamika, who is 34, did her Bachelor of Engineering from Modi Engineering College in Rajasthan and worked at Hindustan Zinc before she got married.
The couple belongs to a small town called Neemuch, about 400 kilometres from Bhopal. Their decision to renounce the world has left both their families and their hometown shocked.
While both of them had started talking about renouncing everything to be munis when their daughter, Ibhya, was just 8-months-old, nobody knew they would take this step so early on in their lives.
Rajendra Singh Rathore, Sumit’s father who owns a factory that makes sacks for cement companies, too accepted the decision. “We were expecting this, but not so soon,” he said.
But the most important question that everyone was left wondering was: what about their daughter, Ibhya?
Anamika’s father, Ashok Chandaliya, said “I will take care of my granddaughter.” He further added that “We had no counter to their religious arguments and relented. One cannot stop anyone when religion calls.”
Sumit announced his final decision of renunciation during a gathering of Acharya Ramlal held at Surat on August 22. The Acharya told him to seek Anamika’s permission. She gave consent and expressed her desire to renounce too.
Sumit and Anamika, who have been married for four years, have taken a vow of silence till the renunciation.