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Jain Manuscripts and Painting from India at the V&A

Thursday, September 12th, 2013

Enjoy the last chance to discover the JAINpedia display of fascinating illustrated manuscripts from India with curator Nick Barnard and explore the sacred pilgrimage site of Shatrunjaya through a huge and spectacular painting recently acquired by the V&A.

The JAINpedia display at the V&A will close on 22 September 2013 to allow these fragile and light-sensitive manuscript pages to be rested. Come and see the new display of early Indian paintings, opening 28 September, which will include nine other fascinating and beautiful Jain manuscript folios. The Shatrunjaya painting will also remain on display.

Rules of conduct for monks (detail), page from an Uttarādhyayanasūtra manuscript, opaque watercolour on paper, Gujarat, India, about 1450. © V&A Images / Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Rules of conduct for monks (detail), page from an Uttarādhyayanasūtra manuscript,

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The Final Event – Dazzling Diwali – a Huge Success

Monday, December 3rd, 2012

Once again, JAINpedia celebrated Diwali at the Victoria & Albert Museum, London this year. The day began with an entrance by 80 people from Leicester, organised by Kalpit Doshi from the Jain Centre, Leicester. Over 2000 people were recorded to have attended the event, which had a fun-filled programme throughout the day.

Activities included a giant snakes and ladders game, with accompanying song and dance, and some enjoyable ‘shake, shake shake’ moves. Little members of the audience were the playing pieces and rolled the giant die to achieve the position of ‘moksha’ or ‘liberation’ on the giant board.

Children playing Snakes and Ladders at the V&A Museum

Children playing Snakes and Ladders at the V&A Museum
© Bansri Mehta

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New Painting of Shatrunjunya Hill at the V&A – Talk takes place on Karttika-Purnima

Tuesday, November 27th, 2012

The V&A has recently acquired a large and splendid painting of Shatrunjaya Hill in Gujarat, one of the holiest Jain sites. Thousands of pilgrims climb up to the temples on top by a path with over 3,000 steps. Detailed paintings like this of the sacred site enable worshippers unable to be there to envisage and contemplate it.

Come and see the painting on karttika-purnima, the special day when these paintings are traditionally venerated, and learn about it. (more…)

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Rangoli Competition for Diwali at the V&A

Thursday, August 16th, 2012

JAINpedia will be celebrating Diwali at the Victoria & Albert Museum again this year. The family day, will include Rangoli making, however to portray your creativity, why not take part in our Rangoli competition! Create your own design, submit a photo of it to info@jainpedia.org by 19th September 2012 and the V&A will recreate your design at the museum on 25th November 2012, during the JAINpedia Diwali celebrations.

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Fascinating and fragile: a contemporary approach to making manuscripts accessible

Monday, January 16th, 2012

One of the major parts of the JAINpedia project has been to make it easier for people all around the world to access the huge treasure trove of Jain Manuscripts (more…)

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