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Acharya Vidyasagar, a prominent Digambar monk.

Digambar (sky-clad) is one of the two main sects of Jainism, the other is Svetambar. The word digambara is made up of two words 'dig' and 'ambar', the person whose clothes (ambar) is the directions (dig). The digambar have a stricter interpretation of Jainism than other sects.

Vows of a monk[change | change source]

Adinatha image (Kayotsarga posture)

Every Digambara monk is required to follow 28 vows (vrats) compulsory.

Number Vows of Digambar Monk
1-5 Five great vows (Mahavrat)
6-10 Fivefold regulation of activities
11-15 Strict Control on five senses
16-21 Performing six essential duties
22 Not to take bath
23 Not to use tooth powder to clean teeth
24 To take rest only on earth or wood pallet
25 Eat food in standing posture
26 To consume food & water once in a day
27 To pull out hair by hand
28 To be nude (digambar)
  • Fivefold regulation of activities (samiti)[1]
  1. Control of speech - Not to criticise anyone.
  2. Control of thought
  3. Regulation of movement - To prevent killing of small living beings.
  4. Care in lifting things
  5. Examining food and drink before consuming.

References[change | change source]

  1. Jain 2012, p. 144.

Citations[change | change source]

  • Jain, Vijay K. (2012), Acharya Amritchandra's Purushartha Siddhyupaya, Vikalp Printers, ISBN 978-81-903639-4-5, Non-Copyright