Acharya Shri Abhaydeo Suri arrived at Mandore in V. 1156, when Padihar Nahadrao Inda was the King of Mandore. He went to the Acharaya and submitted that he had no son. Acharya said, “A Jain monk cannot do any worldly act, but if it is in the interest of Jainism, then alone he could do something. If you agree that you will make your first son a Jion-monk, then I can bless you to be a father of four sons”. He and the queen both agreed to the proposal, Acharya gave them his blessings them for four sons, and strictly warned them to keep the promise.
Acharya expired in V. 1169. he ordered his disciples to give the Acharya’s post to Muni Vallabh. Acharya Shri Jin Vallbh Suri also expired after only six months, so Muni Somchand Suri became Acharya and named him Jindutt Suri.
Acharya Shri Jindutt Suri arrived at Mandore and urged on to the king of Mandore to give his eldest son in adoption as a Jain monk, but the queen refused and said, “If he became a Jain monk, then he will wander from door to door and beg alms, so I won’t allow this.” Acharya proccded further empty handed.
After a few days unfortunately the eldest son while taling his meals ate a baked snake. Many vaidhya tried their level best to cure the prince but in vain. The condition of the princes became worst. He was on the death bed. All were weaping. At that time, Diwan Gundharji requsted the King to go at once to the Acharya, so they all went to Sojat, where Acharya was staying. The king agreed to be his follower, and they all converted them-selves and became Oswals.
Acharya ordered Gundharji to bring butter of Kukdi cow or a bitch. Acharya by way of consecration recited Mantra and ordered Gandharaji for plastering the butter on the whole the body. Immediately the prince got rid of the poison. All the family persons, diwans and others converted themselves to the Oswal cult and adopted Jain religion and took to the cult of Ahinsa.
The firsy son was named Kukad-Chopra, second son was Chimpaji, so his family named Chimpa, third son was Sandeji, so his family named Sand, The family of Diwan Hans was named Hans. Family of Diwan Gandharji was named Gandhar-Chopra. Gndhi, Hakam, Kothari gotras got the names according to their business or professions.
Kuldevi of these gotras is Shri Sachyaya Mata.
Jodhpur Maharaja Ajitsinghji appointed the two Gandhar-Chopra brother for collectiong revenue from Jalore and for depositing the same in Jodhpur treasurary, They were named Modi.
Askaran Chopra was a famous person of Merta. He built a grand Jain temple at Merta. Chopra Hansrajji built a jain temple of Lord Sambhavnath at Jaisalmer. Fort, where there are 604 Jain idols and Gyan Bhandar (A grand library of oldest hand written Books scriptedon Bhojpatra and Tadpatra. They are well preserved in steel Almirahs. And few in showcases are there for general exhibition Chopra Panchaji built Asthapadji Jain temple at Jaislmer fort.
The above story does not seem to be reliable. Because historian say that Padihars or Pratihars ruled Mandore only upto the 9th century. Again if we go through the pedigree of Padihar Kings of Mandore, Nahardeo’s name is not there. There was no existence of Inda Shakha (gotra) amongst Padihars till that time. History says that in the 5th pedigree of Nahadrao was Aamrao, who sruled in the 13th century. Aamrao had twelve sons. The eldest son was Inda. Family of Inda’s is named Inda Shakha, hence Inda Shakha made its advent in the 12 century. In fact Chopra’s are Upkeshgachhi and not Kharttargachhi.
Chopra Shri Isardas – Bikaner
He was born in V. 1933. His father Shri Meghrajji left Gusaisar and settled in Bikaner. Shri Isardas arrived at Murshidabad and joined services in Murshidabad and then Calcutta. He started his own business of Jute and earned a lot. Soon he started exporting 10 lacs of Jute bails per year. He died in V. 2002.
Chopra Shri Chhogalal Samaj-Bhushan of Rajaldesar
He was bornin V. 1940 in Derajsar (Bikaner). He passed LL.B. from Calcutta University. He had a command on Bengali, Sanskrit, English and Hindi languages, and good Knowledge of Gujrati Urdu, and Ardhamagdhi. He was a famous advocate of Calcutta. He was the President and treasurer of Small Cass Court Bar Counsel of Calcutta. He used to refuse to take false cases. His library contained valuable Books.
He was one of the founders of Jain Swetamber Terapanth Mahasabha in Calcutta. He had been the president of this Mahasabh for continuous 20 years. He opened many branches of Terapanth Mahasabha in different cities of India. Terapanth Samaj honoured him wirh the title of ‘Samaj – Bhushan’ and a purse of Rs. One Lack, which he donated to Mahasabha at the same moment. He was the first President of Parmarthic Education Society Ladnu. He was also the first President of ‘Anuvrati Sangh’.
He was the founder President of Oswal Navyuvak Samiti, Calcutta and many other similar societies of Calcutta, such as Asiatic Society, Mahabodhi Society, Sanskrit Parishad Marwari Chhatravas, and Marwari Sammelan etc.
Chopra Lala Ramjidasji - Majitha (Punjab)
He became Doctor in 1895. HE became House Surjeon of Mayo Hospital in 1926. In 1924 Government of India honoured him with the title of ‘Raj Sahib’.
Chopra Chhogmalji – Gangashahar
He was born in V. 1940. He was a famous Oswal Advocate. He was Secretary or member of Marwari Chamber of Commerce. Marwari Association, Oswal Sabha, Oswal youth Samiti etc.
Chopra Seth Bherudanji – Bikaner.
He was born on Ashvin Shukls 10th 1934. He left Bikaner at the age of 9 years and went to Sirajganj and joined service in V. 1943 in a private firm. After a few years he started his own business at Rangpur.
Chopra Shri Ravalchand – Jodhpur
He was born in 1941 in a small village Jethania near Setrava. He completed his early education in Setrava and started his business with his father at an early age of 13 years. He has been attached with the religious and social works since his childhood.
He started his business in Jodhpur with his brothers and earned name and fame both. In 1965 he started the industry of Gawagum in 1979, then expanded the Stainless Steel industry in 1982. Now he is controlling about 20 industries in Jodhpur and producing 36000 tons of Steel per years. In this way he is the first Stainless Steel industrial list not only of India but in whole Asia. He is a very simple and pure hearted person and is always ready to help the needy person.
He is the President of Kunku Chopra Bhaipa. He is the Vice President of Samyak Gyan Pracharak Mandal, Jaipur. He was the President of Rajathan Stainless Steel Re Rollers Association Jodhapur and Mumbai and Shri Jain Ratna Hiteshi Shravak Sangh Jodhpur.
He was honoured by the Chief Minister of Rajsthan in 2000. All India Stainless Steel industries Association Mumbai awarded him the title of ‘Udoyoug Ratna’ He is pride of the business fraternity of Oswal of Jodhpur.
Chopra Shri Jamnalal – Raipur
He was the most prominent figure of the Non-Cooperative movement of Raipur. HE was elected member of State Dhara Sabha of 1936.
Chopra Shri Anopchand – Ganga Sahar
He was born on 14-11-1934 at Ganga Sahar Bikaner. He was the Managing Director of the Lipton Pvt. Ltd. and the Partner of the Cold Storage, Kashipur. He was the life Member of National Cricket Cliub, Calcutta.