ACHARYA SHRI MANAK LAL

     Name
:
Acharya Shri Manak Lal
     Original Name
:
Manak Lal
     Date of Birth
:
31st August 1855
     Place of Birth
:
Jaipur (Rajasthan)
     Initiation- Date
:
20th March 1872
     Place
:
Ladnun (Rajasthan)
     Designated Acharya
 
     Date
:
11th Mar 1893
     Place
:
Sardar Shahar (Rajasthan)

Brief Description

Acharya Shri Manak Lalji was the sixth Acharya of Terapanth. He was born on the fourth day of the dark lunar month of Bhadrapada of Vikram Samvat 1912 at Jaipur in a Jeweller”s house. His gotra was kharada and subcaste srimala. His father's name was Lichaman Das ji . He could not get his parents affections for long as they died while he was a young child. His father Lala Lichmanadasji brought up the child affectionately and embellished him with religious instructs. The child Manaka too was very polite towards his grand father and regards for him.

In 1928 Jayacharya was at Jaipur for his chaturmas. During the chaturmas child Manaka developed vairagya. The child had learnt tattvajnana. He was initiated into asceticism on the eleventh day of the bright lunar month of Phalguna of Vikram Samvat 1928 at Ladnun. He was then sixteen and a half years. Manakgani was very polite by nature. He had very sharp's intellect and could grasp everything very quickly. He was enlightened with knowledge of agams within a few years of his consecration. He was made a leader of the group by Jayacharyaji just after three years of his consecration.

He has made a lot of progress in spiritual guidance of his life under Maghraj ji after the demise of Jayacharyaji. Acharya Shri Maghrajji installed him as his deputy on the second of the dark Lunar month of Chaitra of Vikram Sanvat 1949. He remained as Yuvacharya only for four days, He was throned as Acharya on the eighth of dark Lunar month of Chaitra Vikram Samvat 1949. He was fair skinned, tall, fragile and accomplished by loud and sweet voice. He preferred long journeys and was the first acharya to have visited Haryana. With a view to expand the sect, he spend most of his time at places where his predecessors had either not gone or visited rarely.

As his views were not clog mated and traditional a new enlightenment was expected in the sect but this could not provoke as services were available for long time. He breathed his last on the third of the lunar month of Kartika, Vikram Samvat 1945 at Sujangarh. He was then only of 42 years. As he dies at an early age he could not nominate his successor for Terapanth Sangha. When Acharya died there was no Yuvacharya nominated as this was a cause of concern. However, the sect set up of solidarity, because of exemplary record of Dalganji was elected unanimously as Acharya of the Terapanth Sect. He has initiated a total of 15 males and 25 females ascetics during his tenure of Acharyaship