Posted on: 4 August 2012

Samgrahanisutra or Samgrahaniratna; Trailokya dipi
Rajasathan, 18th Century

A complete illustrated manuscript of the Samgrahanisutra or Sangrahanisutra, a Jain cosmographical text in Sanskrit composed in A.D.1136 by Shrichandra Muni, whose name appears on f.52 of this copy. The work is also named at the end as the Trailokya dipi, which is more usually applied to the Sangrahani Sutra of Jinabhadragani Kshamashramana, the earliest work of this class. The work is accompanied by an interlinear text in smaller devanagari script, which is possibly the commentary of Devabhadra. This manuscript is written on 56 oblong folios of paper of which two folios (10a and 12a) are not numbered, the last numbered folio being 54. The outer folios are of double thickness and decorated with a central ogee medallion and floral motifs on their outer faces. The copy is undated but appears to have been written and illustrated in Western India during the 18th century.
This folio (15) recto has text and shows animal vahanas of celestial bodies. The top line has 5 elephants, the first of which is depicted with stripes and claws, alternating with 5 horses. The middle line shows suns and moons. The bottom line has 5 elephants alternating with 5 bullocks.

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Which lipi is this??