I have noticed most Sutta (Mahayana) have this opening verse.

What is the story behind of it?

Is all Sutta have this opening verse?

Is that compulsory having it, say if it's for Mahayana?

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It's a sort of preamble that highlights the profundity of whatever follows and how auspicious it is for the reader/hearer to have access to it. It also primes the mind into a state of receptivity, alertness and poise.

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