AWARDS AND Recognition

Acharya Shri Chandanaji’s work in the field of education, health, art and development, as a Jain nun, has no precedent. By incorporating Seva and Shiksha of the needy as an essential fragment of Sadhana, she has motivated thousands of people to reach out to the masses as the path of liberation lies in karuna (compassion) for all. A true source of inspiration to humanity, she has been bestowed with many awards and honors for her undying focus on doing good. Here are a few of them:


  • 18th August 2012: Vishva Vibhuti Award by Param Pujya Shri Jayanti Muniji Maharaj.
  • 20th October 2008: Nagari Abhinandan by Koshi Region People for the service of mankind in flood affected areas.
  • JAINA Convention 2007: JAINA Presidential Award for the exemplary work Veerayatan has done in spreading the work of Lord Mahavir to one and all through compassion, education, non-violence, etc.
  • 15th August, 2004: Woman of the Year Award by Jnr. Chamber, Marine Line, Mumbai for the motherhood epitomized by Acharya Shriji.
  • 5th September 2002: Shri Devi Ahilya National Award – It was presented at Indore by Smt. Sumitra Mahajan, Central Minister, for the services to the mankind in the field of health, education, population, pollution protection, natural calamities through Veerayatan.
  • 28-31 August 2000: Millennium World Peace Summit of religious and spiritual leaders held in UNO. Acharya Shriji represented the Jain delegation in the summit from different nations. Her valuable ideas for eradication of poverty on an international level became the subject of discussion among the more than 1200 strong delegation.
  • 8th November 1995: Mahaveer Foundation Award for excellence in propagating non-violence, truth, vegetarianism, education, medicine, community, and social service. It was presented by K R Narayanan, Vice-President of India with a gift of Rs 500,000.
  • 1987: Acharya title given by Pujya Rashtrasant Amar Muniji. She became the first-ever Jain sadhvi to receive this prestigious accolade in the Jain community since the time of Lord Mahavir (2600 years). She accepted it as respect towards women and to establish the mindset that any capable individual, sadhu or sadhvi, could be a high priest.
  • 1987:  Sant Balaji Award
  • 1987: Sangali Jan Seva Award