Eight-year-old Devanshi Sanghvi decided to give up her $61 million inheritance to start her pious lifestyle…
According to an Agence France-Presse report carried by the world media, Sanghvi is the heir to Sanghvi & Sons, a family jewellery business located in Surat, India. Sanghvi decided to renounce her inheritance to become a nun following Jainism.
In the posts shared on Instagram by @devanshi_diksha_danam, Sanghvi can be seen undergoing initiation into monastic life in the form of a lavish five-day ceremony. Numerous photographs show us the little girl wearing beautifully coloured graceful clothing and jewellery, posing and performing rituals with her family, who also practice Jainism, throughout the week.
On Wednesday, an Instagram account showed us Sanghvi after she transitioned into her new lifestyle, wearing a white cotton robe, with her head covered, while other nuns and devotees can be seen around her.
According to National Geographic magazine, Jainism is one of the three ancient religions, which originated in the middle of the first century B.C. With just over five million followers, this religion emphasizes the importance of achieving enlightenment through non-violence and minimizing harm to living things as much as possible.
Followers of this religion also reject many pleasures of this world. Similar to Hindus and Buddhists, Jains also believe in reincarnation, i.e., the cycle of birth, death and rebirth, which largely depends on an individual's karma.
AFP further reports that Sanghvi is one of the youngest persons to join the monastic life of Jainism and renounce all worldly pleasures. According to reports, some family members encouraged her to take this step, because in this way they raise their social status.
In a BBC report by Priyanka Pathak in 2019, nuns who join the Jains stop contacting their family after initiation, walk barefoot and cut their own hair, among other things.