This paper manuscript was copied by Upadhyaya Harṣaratnaguru in Sīṁgamapura, Western India. The leaves have double-ruled red margins filled in yellow and coloured designs. Black and red ink are used for writing and orange pigment to highlight parts of the text. Alongside the text in Prakrit this version includes a commentary in Sanskrit and Gujarati. The first two folios are illustrated by watercolour miniatures depicting Mahāvīra and Gautamasvāmin.
Why is the Uttarādhyayanasūtra important?
The Uttarādhyayanasūtra is one of the fundamental scriptures in the Jain Śvetāmbara tradition. A mixture of prose and poetry, it is a collection of exemplary stories explaining the Jain basic rules of discipline and is an essential text for the education of young monks. Some manuscript versions contain only selected chapters as the various parts of the work can be read independently. Many commentaries to this text have been written, some by unknown authors in both Gujarati and Sanskrit language. For its popularity and didactic nature, the Uttarādhyayanasūtra is one of the most frequently illustrated texts in the Jain manuscript tradition.