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At the age of thirty, a Kshatriya Prince from Bihar renounced the comforts of his palace to seek spiritual awakening. By the age of 72, he attained ‘nirvana’ and came to be known as Lord Mahavira. Jainism believes him to be the 24th Tirthankara (spiritual teacher). Lord Mahavira’s teachings are centred around the concept of ‘Ahimsa’ or non-violence. The Kalpasutra Manuscript The Kalpasutra is the book of rituals, sacred to Jains. The Kalpasutra has 3 parts: Biographical stories about the…

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