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Ganini Pramukha Aryika Shri

Gyanmati Mataji
Kumari Maina Devi Ji

(1934-10-22) 22 October 1934 (age 84)[1]
  • Sh. Chotteylal Ji (father)
  • Smt. Mohini Devi Ji (mother)
Religious career
Initiation2 October 1952 (Sharad Purnima)
Shri Mahavirji
by Acharya Deshbhushan

Gyanmati (Jñānamati) is a Jain Aryika (nun) from India.[2] She is known for the construction of several Jain temples including the Jambudweep temple complex at Hastinapur, Uttar Pradesh.[3][4]

Early life[edit]

Mataji addressing the media

She worn born on 22 October 1934 in Tikait Nagar in Barabanki district, Uttar Pradesh,[5] in a Jain family of Mohini Devi and Chotelal. She was named Maina. She was influenced by Padmanandi Panchvinshatika, an ancient Jain scripture gifted by her grandparents on the marriage of her mother. On 2 October 1952, on the day of Sharad Purnima, she was initiated as a Brahmacharini at Shri Mahavirji by Deshbhushan.[citation needed]


Since her early childhood she started learning Sanskrit with Katantra style of linguistics or lipi generally referred as Aindra School of Grammar. She continued to research and explore with some of the Jain literature like Gommatsar, Ashtasahasri, Tattvartha Vartika (Rajvartika), Moolachar, Triloksar, Samayasāra etc. and soon expertise in Hindi, Sanskrit, Prakrit, Kannada, Marathi, Gujarati etc. Deeply into research and learning she frequently consulted to some[who?] of the senior most Acharyas, Scholars and Jain monks.[6]


She practiced her skills with writing 1008 Mantras of "Sahastranam" which improved her ability.[how?] She is considered as the first Kshullika or a Jain Sadhvi in history to translate and author several Jain literature, scriptures and manuscripts.[7]Gyanmati She was able to surprise[how?] the whole world in the year 1969 by translating Nyaya-Ashtasahasri a renowned Sanskrit scripture into Hindi. Since then, she had written and composed more than 250 different publications ranging from auspicious Quotes & thoughts to books & volumes. She have written and published 14 major books including the first two[which?] available in both Hindi and Sanskrit translations.[6] She has also composed the Sanskrit Teeka (commentary) of the Sutras in form of sixteen books of Shatkhandagam Grantha.[8][9] She has composed a modern[clarification needed] Rite for the Five Merus.[10]

  • She was awarded honorary degree of Doctor of Letters (D.Litt.) by Avadh University, Faizabad[11] on 5 February 1995 for her outstanding contributions in the field of Literature.
  • Organised International Vice-Chancellors Conference to present and share the facts and findings[clarification needed] and basis of Jainism and its studies at Hastinapur on 8 October 1998.[12]

Initiation as Aryika[edit]

On the instructions of Shantisagar, she was elevated as to the rank of Aryika by Veersagar on Vaishakh Krishna Dooj of 1956 at Madhorajpura in Rajasthan.[5]

Construction activities[edit]

  • She founded the Digambar Jain Institute of Cosmographic Research in 1972 with an aim of constructing a monumental model of Jambudvipa to have better understanding of Jain cosmology. It was inaugurated in 1982 and was named Jambudweep Gyan Jyoti.[13][better source needed]
  • Bhagwan Rishabhdev Samavsaran Shrivihar was consecrated after the tour of the whole India in April 1998 at Kevalgyan Kalyanak temple of Deeksha Tirth-Prayag at Delhi.
  • The 31 ft Statue of Vasupujya at Champapur, Bhagalpur was the built under her guidance. It was consecrated in February–March 2014.
  • She was an inspiration behind the 108 ft statue of Rishabhanatha at Mangi-Tungi, the tallest Jain statue in the world. This statue holds the Guinness world record for the tallest Jain Idol. The certificate was awarded to Gyanmati, Chandnamati and Ravindrakirti on 6 March 2016.[14] The Panch Kalyanak Mahotsav was held from 11–17 February 2016.


  1. ^ Hans Bakker 2011, p. 182.
  2. ^ Yoga in Jainism, Ed Christopher Key Chapple, Routledge, 2015, p. 246
  3. ^ Asian Religions, Technology and Science, Ed. István Keul, Routledge, 2015, p. 83
  4. ^ The History of Sacred Places in India As Reflected in Traditional Literature
  5. ^ a b Historical Dictionary of Jainism
  6. ^ a b The History of Sacred Places in India As Reflected in Traditional Literature
  7. ^ Religion and Women
  8. ^ Jinaagam Saar
  9. ^ Read Online Books
  10. ^ Cort 2010, p. 98.
  11. ^ "Welcome To Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia Avadh University".
  12. ^ "tribuneindia..."
  13. ^ "Jambudweep Complex". Jain Heritage Centres - Celebrating Jain Heritage.....Globally!.
  14. ^ "108-Ft Tall Jain Teerthankar Idol Enters 'Guinness Records'", NDTV, 7 March 2016