Line filler

Certain characters, words, and symbols are used as line fillers, often at the end of a line. Devanāgarī script has a puṣpikā sign, resembling the letter ca, that is often used, but a more generic puṣpikā sign, resembling a flower, may also be used.


BnF Sanscrit 754. Saundaryalaharī, with Saubhāgyavardhinī

Devanāgarī. Tripāṭha format. Verses use ṇa, Devanāgarī puṣpikā, and various invocations (rāmaśrī, namo bhagavatyai) as line filler.

BnF Sanscrit 754, folio 1 verso

BnF Sanscrit 754, 1v. Courtesy of the BnF.

BnF Sanscrit 754, folio 26 verso

BnF Sanscrit 754, 26v. Courtesy of the BnF.


BnF Sanscrit 817. Yājǹavalkyadharmaśāstra

Bengali. Generic puṣpikā used as line filler, consisting of a circle or a circle surrounded by dots.

BnF Sanscrit 817, folio 94, recto

BnF Sanscrit 817, 94r. Courtesy of the BnF.


BnF Sanscrit 1349. Dāyabhāganirṇaya

Bengali. Stylized śirorekha used to bridge the stringhole space.

Sanscrit 1349, folio 13, recto, detail

Sanscrit 1349, 13r, detail. Courtesy of the BnF.


BnF Sanscrit 1353. Ghaṭakarpara, with anonymous Ṭīkā

Bengali. Tripāṭha format. Distinct symbol, possibly a puṣpikā, used as a line filler both at the end of the verse and the commentary.

BnF Sanscrit 1353, folio 3, recto

BnF Sanscrit 1353, 3r. Courtesy of the BnF.

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