A look at Jain manuscripts and drawings from the early 19th century

The British Library’s Mackenzie Collection provides a fascinating record of Jainism in Karnataka over 200 years ago. The British Library holds over a thousand Jain manuscripts, most of which were collected in the 19th Century, by Indologists and East India Company officials. In a recent blog, Pasquale Manzo, the British Library’s Sanskrit curator, gives an […]

Jain library in Ara cries for help

Ara (Bihar), April 27, 2016: The Central Jain Oriental Library on Jail Road in Ara, which was established in 1903 by scholar Dev Kumar Jain, has several books and manuscripts in Indian and foreign languages, coins of the Mughal period and rare paintings. However, the library authorities seek government help to maintain the manuscripts that […]

Stunning Jain manuscripts from the 13th century go online

Works in Sanskrit, Prakrit, Hindi, Gujarati and Rajasthani have been digitised by the British Library. Image credit:  via www.jainpedia.org Adhai-dvipa, ‘Two and a half continents’. Painting on cloth, 18th century (British Library Or 13937).Most of the Jain manuscripts originally belonged in several individual collections acquired in India during the 19th century by Indologists and employees […]

Rare Jain text declared world heritage document

London (UK), June 21, 2013: One of the most important documents of the Jain community has been declared a global treasure by Unesco. Shantinatha Charitra – a text written in Sanskrit, that describes the life and times of Shantinatha, the 16th Jain Tirthankara has been included in the most prestigious list of the world’s greatest […]