This marriage contract was created by Svetambara [white-clad] Jains. Framed by a floral border, it begins with auspicious symbols and animals, including the swastika and related nandavarta sacred diagram, both symbolising the cycle of existence and higher meditation. Another register reveals a holy pitcher [kalasha] with two divine eyes – a sign of abundance. Below are the bridal couple’s families listening to a monk reciting from a manuscript. The text, in Gujarati, records a list of names, probably the wedding attendees.
Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra 2011
From: Asian gallery extended display label