[INDOLOGY] Fwd: A question

Gaia Pintucci gaiapintucci at gmail.com
Tue Oct 10 16:54:19 UTC 2017

Dear Prof. Olivelle,

That symbol is the so-called *bhale* symbol, which
is associated with (but probably not restricted to,
s. Balbir et al. (2006) mentioned below) Jaina
manuscript culture.
The only source I can mention at the moment is:
G. Bhattacharya, "The bhale symbol of the Jainas",
Berliner lndologische Studien 8 (1995), pp. 201-228
(which, incidentally, is also referred to in
Balbir et al. (2006), Catalogue of the Jain Manuscripts
of the British Library, vol. 1, p. 56).

Best of luck to your student for his research.

Best wishes,
Gaia Pintucci

On Tue, Oct 10, 2017 at 6:18 PM, Olivelle, J P via INDOLOGY <
indology at list.indology.info> wrote:

> A student working on this text called “Kālajñanm” asked me about the three
> letters at the very beginning that precede “śrīgaṇeṣāy namaḥ”. I myself
> could not make it out, but thought it may be “arpaṇa” — but that is an
> educated guess, taking the first letter as “a” second as “p” (although it
> does not look like it), and the third an retroflex “ṇ”. Any help
> appreciated. Perhaps these letters are not standard Devanagari.
> Thanks.
> Patrick
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