:ಆಚಾರ್ಯ ವಿದ್ಯಾಸಾಗರ್, Sanskrit
:आचार्य विद्यासागर) is the best known of the modern Digambar Jain Acharyas
of the modern times, known both for his scholarship and tapasya
He was born as Vidyadhar, Oct.10, 1946 on sharad Purnima in Sadalga
, Dist. Belgaum
. His father was Shri Mallappa , who later became Muni
Mallisagar and eventually attained samadhi. His mother Shrimati later became Aryika
Samayamati, who has also attained samādhi
He was initiated a monk by Acharya Gyansagarji
, who belonged to the lineage of Acharya Shantisagar
, in Ajmer in 1968. He was elevated to the Acharya status in 1972.
An expert in classical (Sanskrit
) and several modern languages, Hindi
), he has been a prolific author in Hindi and Sanskrit. Several researchers have studied his works for masters and doctoral degrees. His works include:
- Sanskrit texts: Niranjana Shataka, Bhavana Shataka, Parishah Jaya Shataka, Suniti Shataka and Shramana Shataka.
- Hindi epic: Muka Maati, published by Bharatiya Jnanpith.
- Verse translations of classics: Yogasara, Ishtopadesha, Samayasar (Kundakunda ka Kundan), Gomatesh thudi etc.
He belongs to the tradition established by Acharya Shantisagar Ji