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Vijñapti-patra
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TermVijñapti-patra
Alternative TermsVijñapti-patras, Vijñaptipatras, vijñaptipatra, vijñaptipatras, invitation scroll, invitation letter, invitation scrolls, invitation letters
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A highly decorated formal letter inviting a leading monk of a certain monastic group to spend the next rainy season in a certain place. Sent by lay people, the vijñapti-patra is a speciality of the Śvetāmbara Kharatara-gaccha and Tapā-gaccha communities.

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