NM Certificate Courses

NM Certificate Courses

Objectives of the course: The course would be an introduction to Jain religion, literary texts and iconography, sculptures, miniature manuscript paintings, vastra patas, tantric patas architecture and the development of Jain art over the centuries.

Learning outcomes: In general, Jain art broadly follows the contemporary style of Buddhist and Brahamanic art, though the iconography and the functional layout of temple buildings reflect specific Jain needs as prescribed by the Jain patrons. The main two sects of Jainism, Digambara and Shvetambara due to the difference in basic ideology differ in depictions of idols. Digambara images are devoid of any clothing and ornamentation, whereas Svetambara images can be clothed and may be decorated with temporary ornaments and flowers etc. during worship. The images are the combination of the features of a Chakravarti and the Yogi, exhibiting Mahapurusha, lakshnas with long ears lobes, meditative eyes, ajanabahu, chakra on the palms and on the soles, webbed fingers, urna mark, the tall handsome uttam prakriti, sitting in meditation or standing in kayotsarga stance.

We look forward to initiating the participants in this beautiful world of Jain art leaving you with the curiosity to explore and appreciate the monuments, temples, paintings and sculptures on their own at their own pace and time with this enriched knowledge.

Course conducted by: Dr. Pawan Jain is an Art historian, curator, author, professor, textile designer and entrepreneur. Dr. Jain is a visiting faculty at the National Museum Institute (NMI), New Delhi. She has specialization in Jain art. She has authored the book “Kaivalyam: Jain Manuscript Paintings in the National Museum” and her second book ‘Chitram Vastram’ that talks about the textiles and costumes seen in the Jain Manuscript Paintings is in its final stage of completion. She has taught courses on Jain Art, Hindu Temple Architecture and Comparative Aesthetics at the post-graduation level in various institutes. She has taught ‘Fashion’ at the National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT), New Delhi. Besides this, she has published several art history papers in various journals and bulletins.

Duration of Course: 5 Days- December 20, 2021 to December 24, 2021.

Timings: 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Minimum Eligibility Criteria: 20 years and above can apply for the course. 

Total number of seats: 35 only

Certificates: Certificate would be given against 100 percent attendance only.

Course Fees:

Students (Pursuing) Rs. 1000/-
National Museum Volunteers Rs. 500/-
NGOs  Free
Others Rs. 2000/-


Venue: All sessions will be conducted in the National Museum, New Delhi. 

Course outline:


Sl.  No.       Topic
Iconography in Jain Art. 
Jain Temples I
Jain Temples II
Jain paintings I
Jain paintings II


Team National Museum will share the payment details only when your seat is confirmed.

Note: Registration fees for the Certificate course is Non refundable.

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