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Ms. Ind. Inst. Sansk. 115(R)

Sanskrit, Monier-Williams Collection


Summary of Contents: A paper manuscript of Malayagirisūri's Rājapraśnīyavṛtti, a commentary on the Rājapraśnīyasūtra, the second upāṅga of the Jaina canon. It mainly deals with the birth of king Pradeśī as Sūryābhadeva, his celestial grandeour and enjoyments, his staging of a drama and a dance in the presence of Lord Mahāvīra, description of his vimāna (celestial vehicle), and a dialogue regarding the identity of soul and body between him and Keśinigrantha, a follower of Lord Pārśva.
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Language(s): Ardhamāgadhī.
Class: mūla
Malayagirisūri ,
Language(s): Sanskrit.
Class: commentary

Physical Description

Form: pothī
Support: Paper.

11 × 25.5 cm.

Extent: 111 ff.


Complete, damaged; folio 15 is torn; there are black spots of damp and ink-spread throughout the manuscript; often the script is illegible.


Commentary layout: pañcapāṭha.

22 lines per page.

Two double black lines with black edges; red pigment is used for titles and sub-titles; often yellow pigment is used to correct the text.

A blank space is left in the center part.


Jainanāgarī in black ink.



  • titleRunning marginal title (Rāja° pra° sū° vṛ), top left margin, verso.


Cardboard box, library binding.


Origin: 16th-17th century.

Provenance and Acquisition

Collected by Bühler, Georg Georg Bühler in 1877-78.

Donated to the Indian Institute by Monier-Williams, Monier M. Monier-Williams.


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    Descriptions of the manuscript

    A Catalogue of the Sanskrit and Prākrit mss. in the Indian Institute Library, Oxford, Keith, Arthur Berriedale (Oxford, Clarendon Press, 1903, no. 41, p. 21)

Funding of Cataloguing

Andrew W. Mellon Foundation