This announcement from the couple has left everyone shocked and the question arises, who will take care of their daughter?
Rajendra Singh Rathore runs a factory that manufactures sacks for cement companies. Ibhya, relatives said, will be raised by Anamika's father Ashok Chandalia, a former district BJP president, and his family. "We were expecting this, but not so soon", he said.
Sumit announced his final decision of renunciation at a gathering of Acharya Ramlal held at Surat in August this year.
Sumit and Anamika's decision did not exactly surprise their families, because the couple had started preparing to get their deekshas when their daughter was just eight months old, the HT report states.
The couple has been married for four years now and Anamika worked with Hindustan Zinc before marriage.
Their decision has sent shockwaves across their hometown Neemuch. They will relinquish a three-year-old daughter, lucrative careers, and property worth Rs 100 crore. Their family says that when he was asked to seek permission from his wife as is the practice in the religion, she expressed desire to become a nun herself.
Earlier this year, a 17-year-old boy from Ahmedabad chose to take deeksha just after his class 12 board results were out, where he scored an impressive 99.9 percentile.
Another young devotee who made a decision to embrace monkhood was 17-year-old Varshil Shah, who now goes by the name of Suvirya Ratna Vijayji Maharaj. After initiation for his spiritual quest, the teen's name changed to Suvirya Ratna Vijayji Maharaj. Digambara Jain monks - who consider the sky their clothing - still go naked. Their 3-year-old daughter Ibhya will be looked after by her grandparents.
Sumit's parents have also been equally supportive.
According to Jain elders, the "tapasya" that Aradhana undertook was voluntary and the first of nine steps (nav-pad) aimed at attaining salvation, and it was not the same as the ritual of "santhara" under which the elderly or the sick abstain from food until they die.