Shikshapatri viewing

Śikṣāpattrī [Shikshapatri], Bodleian Libraries, Oxford


Shikshapatri on display

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 On permanent display

 Transept, Weston Library

 Admission free

Shikshapatri is a sanskrit manuscript, written by Shree Swaminarayan, founder of Swaminarayan Hinduism, and outlines moral and spiritual codes for everyday life. These codes were to be read, heard or venerated daily. Shree Swaminarayan gave this copy to the Governor of Bombay, Sir John Malcolm, to promote understanding between cultures. To this day the book remains sacred, an object of veneration for 20 million followers of Swaminarayan.​​​​

Viewing the Shikshapatri

The Shikshapatri is displayed in the Transept - the area between the two exhibition spaces in Blackwell Hall in the Weston Library. If you wish to view the manuscript the display case must be opened by a member of staff. Please speak to staff at the Information Desk in Blackwell Hall or in the exhibition galleries.

The manuscript will be shown closed, for conservation reasons.

Group visits to view the manuscript must be booked in advance. Please contact our Tours team at to arrange this.