veeranarayana Pandurangi veerankp at GMAIL.COM
Wed May 28 04:47:54 UTC 2008

Dear friends
I am seeing, for long,  this 'Cha'' in our own inherited collection of
dvaita and Nyaya manuscripts from North Karnataka and wondering what it
means. the answer, corraborated with other elder scholars, seems to be
simple. it is to indicate the end of section/text/chapter etc. It is a
common in manuscripts found in our region although it is not so common in
MSs found in sother regions like Tamilnadu or Kerala.
In the MS of Vyutpattivada, I am using for my critical edition at present
given to me by one of my friends from the same region, uses the Cha with
high freqency that every niranka patra (side of a leaf as it is called by
us) has nearly two three Chas to indicate the completion of debate on
particular subject.

On Fri, May 23, 2008 at 10:10 AM, Jean-Luc Chevillard <
jean-luc.chevillard at> wrote:

> Since nobody seems to have mentionned it,
> it might be useful to state here that
> in volume 1 of the
> "Catalogue of Jain Manuscripts of the British Library"
> (by Nalini Balbir, Kanhaiyalal V. Sheth,
> Kalpana K. Sheth and Candrabhal Bh. Tripathi)
> [The British Library & The Institute of Jainology, London, 2006]
> {ISBN 0 7123 4711 9}
> we find on p.16 (Abbreviations) the following mention:
> "[x]  the way to represent the cha, a symbol found at the end of
> manuscripts."
> I hope this is useful
> -- Jean-Luc Chevillard (CNRS, Paris)
> Peter M. Scharf a écrit :
>  Dear Colleagues,
>>    I would like to request your help in answering a question regarding how
>> to name or categorize a certain character in the Unicode Standard.  Many
>> Indic manuscripts use a decorative character that looks like a devanagari
>> cha without the horizontal bar to fill space between dandas or double dandas
>> at the end of manuscripts or between chapters of a manuscript.  (flower
>> shapes are often used similarly.)  Have any of you seen the "cha" pu.spikA
>> in manuscripts or publications of Buddhist, Jain, or other clearly non-Vedic
>> (in the broadest sense of the term) textual traditions?  If so, could you
>> provide a reference and or a digital image?
>>    Thanks.
>>    Peter
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Veeranarayana N.K. Pandurangi
Head, Dept of Darshanas,
Yoganandacharya Bhavan,
Jagadguru Ramanandacharya Rajasthan Samskrita University, Madau, post
Bhankrota, Jaipur, 302026.

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