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The description in English of the painting on this webpage is definitive. Any translation using Google translate is a guide only - its accuracy cannot be guaranteed and it is used at your own risk.

Fragment of a Panchanga almanac scroll. Western India, dated 1771. Opaque watercolour on wasli. 101x 16.2cm

Panchanga almanacs are used to determine auspicious days etc. Such scrolls were usually composed at the beginning of each year. This Panchanga is dated 1771 (Samvat 1828). It begins with what appears to be a name: Maharaja Shri Ranchhod ji Vijay Raj Jati Shri Vijayaditya . This could be a reference to Ranchhod Rai (a form of Krishna popular in Gujarat) or an indication that the scroll is a customized Panchanga that was commissioned by a wealthy patron.

With thanks to the kindness of Tarun Pant for the above information.

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