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Murtipujaka, also known as Deravasi, is the term for the largest sect of Śvētāmbara Jainism. Murtipujaka Jains differ from Sthānakavāsī Śvētāmbara Jains in that their templess contain idols of the tirthankaras instead of empty rooms. They worship idols and have rituals for it.

Murtipujaka monastics and worshippers do not use the muhapatti, a piece of cloth over the mouth, during prayers, whereas it is permanently worn by Sthanakvasis and Svetambar Terapanthis. The Sthankvasis and Śvētāmbara Terapanthis do so to protect the living beings in the air around them from any injury or death due to their speech.


The monks of Murtipujaka sect are divided into six tradition or gaccha. These are:[1]

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