He topped class 12th exam in Gujarat; now to become a monk

He topped class 12th exam in Gujarat; now to become a monk
Who would ever think that after having studied hard to get great marks in boards of 12th, a 17-year-old youngster decides to choose a path least traversed by worldly.

Varshil Shah from Ahmedabad is precisely doing so. Having scored near perfect score of 99.9 percentile in his Class 12 boards, he has decided to renounce the world in search of supreme being.

The teenager is all set to  become a Jain monk by taking diksha -  a religious ceremony that marks initiation into sainthood - from his guru Surat-based Muni Shri Kalyan Ratna Vijayji whom he is said to have met three years ago.

This was visible ìn mellowed celebrations by visiting a temple by Varshil when he got to know that he was among the toppers when state education board announced the result on May 27.

Varshil mother Amiben and father Jigarbhai, an income-tax official, too have expressed happiness at the path chosen by their son.

The couple is said to have raised their children – Varshil and his elder sister Jainini – in simplicity.

Many amongst affluent business community of jains over the years take the path Varshil seeks to take and so have many youngsters. But toppers! Not many have been heard of frequently.

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