In the top-left corner is a caption, of which hardly a single letter can be seen.

Lying on a bed, Queen Triśalā is full of joy about her new pregnancy and is talking to a servant. The text opposite describes the richness of the decoration of her bedroom and her bed. That night, ‘half awake, half asleep’, she has 14 dreams, depicted on the next folio.

The text earlier tells how Hariṇaigameṣin, commander-in-chief of Śakra, lord of the gods, has transplanted the embryo that will develop into Mahāvīra into Triśalā’s womb. He has taken it from Devānandā, the brahmin woman who first became pregnant with the future Jina. This is because Jinas cannot be born of a brahmin mother. Triśalā is a member of the kśatriya caste.

Other visual elements

The bottom of the right margin contains the number 21. This is the folio number, in a square with two blue lines as an ornamental motif.

The original paper is slightly damaged. But, as with many Kalpa-sūtra manuscripts, there is a clear intention to make the manuscript a valuable and remarkable object in itself. This aim is signalled by the:

  • coloured background for the text
  • gold ink instead of the standard black ink
  • decorated border with blue floral motifs
  • three diamonds filled with gold ink, with arrow-like blue lines and surrounding blue border as ornamental motifs.

The three diamonds along the central horizontal plane are symbolic reminders of the way in which manuscripts were bound when they were on palm leaf. Strings through holes in the paper were used to thread together the loose folios so the reader could turn them over easily. The diamonds are in the places where the holes would once have been.