12-year-old Surat boy to become Jain monk, says family life is full of sins

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12-year-old Surat boy to become Jain monk, says family life is full of sins

Bhavya Shah is the son of a diamond merchant in Surat and his family has welcomed his decision. Earlier, his elder sister also renounced family life when she turned 12.

At an age when most children are busy playing games and attending school, 12-year-old Bhavya Shah has decided to renounce his family and join the order of Jain monks.

He will join the order in Surat on Thursday at a ceremony that will be attended by nearly 500 Jain monks and 7,000 people.

"Family life is full of sins at every step. I have decided to become a monk so that I can keep myself away from sins of this material world. This is my own decision," said Bhavya.

He added that he is happy to take "the path of truth shown by God".

Asked about his family's reaction, he said he is renouncing his family because his parents have taught him the path of truth. "My parents will also take this path one day," he said.

His father, Dipesh Shah, is a diamond merchant in Surat and the family has welcomed the decision.

"We are extremely happy as Bhavya is going to take diksha. When my daughter turned 12, she also took diksha and renounced family life," he said.

Meanwhile, to celebrate the occasion, the family also organised a road show in Surat on Wednesday wherein Bhavya was seen riding a chariot.

(With inputs from ANI)

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