It is considered the most sacred text. Devout Jains almost worship this book.
The reason is very simple, this book consists of a biography of Lord Mahavira in detail, and the lives of the other prophets (Tirthankaras).
The book also contains a list of monks from 527 BCE to approximately 500 AD and the code of conduct for Jainmonks.
However, it is the life of Lord Mahavira, which is a favourite among all Jains. The original text was written by Bhadrabahu Swami, who died in the year 357 BCE (the list of monks is not his work).
Nowadays the Kalpa-Sootra is read by Jain monks during the holy festival of Paryushan.This tradition started in Gujarat after a son of the king of Vadanagar died at an early age. The then Acharya Dhaneshvar Soori read Kalpa Sootra to the king. This tradition has continued ever since.
We now celebrate Mahavir Janma Vanchan on the fifth day of the Paryushan festival. This is the day we display 14 dreams of mother Trishla.
The word “Kalpa” has got several meanings. One of the meanings is this: –
“An item which fulfils all wishes”.
Many people believe that a person’s wishes are fulfilled on reading this auspicious and holy book.
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