Jainī is a Devanāgarī typeface based on the calligraphic style of the Jain Kalpasūtra manuscripts.
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Jainī is a Devanāgarī typeface based on the calligraphic style of the Jain Kalpasūtra manuscripts. The design of this font is based on the 1503 Kalpasūtra manuscript. Jainī has several unique features not seen in Bāḻabodha, these include disconnected śirōrēkhā with triangular wedges, short upper mātrās, squarish letters with large kānā-height, heavy knots, and lower matrās integrated within the kānā height. Since the original manuscript uses letter-shapes which are not familiar to contemporary readers, these have been redesigned along with Latin numbers and punctuations.

Two separate fonts offering two different conjunct styles are available.

  • Jaini: horizontal conjuncts
  • Jaini Purva: vertical conjuncts

Jainī is designed by Girish Dalvi and Maithili Shingre. This project is led by Ek Type, a collective of type designers based in Mumbai focused on designing contemporary Indian typefaces.


Jaini is licensed under the SIL Open Font License v1.1

To view the copyright and specific terms and conditions please refer to OFL.txt

Downloading the font

The latest release of the font can be downloaded from the releases page.

Installing the font

Jaini is compatible across different operating systems and has been tested on GNU/Linux, Windows, and macOS. To install on any of these, double click the downloaded file and follow instructions.

Getting Involved

Would you like to contribute to the development of this font? Here is how you can help:

Report bugs and issues that you encounter, or enhancements that you would like in the github issues page.