Sohini Devi Dugar, who was referred as “Shraddha ki pratimurti” (the epitome of respect) by none other than Acahrya Shri Mahashraman for her bold decision to observe Santhara or Sallekhana, passed away on Saturday. She passed away at the age of 82.
Santhara, or Sallekhana is the highest vow in Jainism where a person wins over death.
Sohini Devi was born in the renowned Terapanthi Dugar family. She was the wife of Budhamall Dugar and her sons Suresh Dugar, Tulsi Dugar and Kamal Dugar are all well known industrialists.
She passed away at 1.01 pm on Saturday. In evening, at around 6 pm, her mortal remains were taken to Jain Tarapanth Bhawan where people from all walks of life offered their homage to Sohini Devi. After around an hour she was cremated at Nimtala burning ghat.
She was suffering from cancer for more than a year and all necessary steps were taken to cure her from the disease. Unlike other ordinary women, but she was a pious Jain devotee and decided to observe Santhara.
She had observed Santhara from September 20 and she had not taken a drop of water or food or any medicine since that day.