The written texts from these manuscripts were in the Brahmi-Devanagari script. The styles of the letterforms are very much influenced by the Brahmi-Bangla script. We can perceive some of the visual features of the Bangla script in Jain Devanagari letterforms.
We have discussed about the tool which has been used in the Jain writing tradition. In the Jain manuscripts, the letters are drawn with different types of Boru. These letterforms look more rectangular in their shape. All these letterforms seem to have a vertical rhythm in text with very less word space in between. We will discuss the structure of these letterforms in further detail, in Jain manuscript analysis (Section B).
The contemporary style of Devanagari calligraphy is relatively different compared to the Jain manuscript calligraphy style from the 14–15th century. The Balbodh style of calligraphy is quite popularly used in modern days. The Devanagari letterforms in this style have a round curvature, larger उ-kar matras. The widths of the individual letterforms are wider than the earlier Jain Devanagari calligraphy style.
Therefore, it is quite interesting to study Jain manuscript writings from two different periods. One is an old style while the other is more contemporary in nature.