Achharya Shanti Sagar Ji Maharaj was stationed in a temple of Shaupuri in Kolhapur. ‘Panch-kalyanak’ celebrations were being performed. Minister of Kolhapur (Deewan Ji) was a Digambar Jain named A.B. Latthe who had earned a good reputation in Maharashtra province. The king of Kolhapur also had a great respect for him.
Child marriage was intensely rampant, a hundred years ago. Jain community was not untouched from this social evil. Achharya Shri had a vision for community reformation and he considered this custom as an injustice and a curse to the child mind. The rate of child death was also higher at that time. The girl used to be called a widow at the death of the boy although she still remained immature by wisdom. She was called a widow even before she could understand the meaning of marriage.
Shravaks requested Achharya Shri that as there was incantation-like supernatural power in his faculty of speech, he should kindly adopt some sound measure for eradicating this social evil (custom) of the community. Achharya Shri kept mum at that time.
One day Latthe Sahib sat near him after offering his Namostoo (paying regards) at his feet. Achharya Shri sensed the suitability of time. Bestowing his blessings upon Deewan Sahib, he said, “You must have earned enough virtues in your previous birth by which you are occupying such an honorable post. You are enjoying much respect in other provinces as well.” Dewait Latthe Sahib replied courteously “Maharaj Shri! I request to In- informed of any suitable service for me. Maharaj Slut leplted. The impropriety of child marriage is intensely
you should try to promulgate anti-child marriage law it will make your human birth meaningful. not in- delayed ” i teewanception of achharya shri in his heart. he offered namostoo acceptance the advice and stood up promising accomplish this job as soon aś possible. latthe sahib reached palace king kolahapur. was at rest that time. still came out because unexpected arrival deewan ji asked wellbeing. sahib, while paying appropriate respects, told him courteously “achharya maharaj, our respected guru has me, with blessings, enact act state.”
much delighted see devotion towards said, “deewan ji, draft law. shall put my signature impress royal seal on execute publishing government gazette’ deewan prepared next mom-jing, kolhapur promulgated state kolhapīur by ratifying it. afternoon a well decorated horse-rider carrying paper hand. people were astonished official coming riding horse. armoured paid respectful greetings tendered one sealed envelope him. all perplexed letter had come shri. opened presence read out.
informed kolhapur, enacted an knowing this, gleam immense happiness appeared face how pervading auspicious been insight universal reformer for cleansing society. truly speaking, originator above shri, whose original thinking impressed happily ordered prepare state. well-being.
can’t remain indifferent raises voice against orthodox conventions, customs evil traditions society, contains power strength whole community public large. similar context, vidya sagar observing destruction ‘cow-pedigree’ advent twenty first century, strongly powerfully opposed opposing slaughter houses made modem technology are being established indian soil.
compassionate heart moved hearing shrieks mute cattle now is protecting cow-pedigree, which verge destruction, establishing hundreds cattle-stalls (byre) everywhere through blċssings community.