from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A pillared hall or porch fronting a Hindu temple. It may be attached or detached from the building.
  • noun A temporary platform or sacred tent used for a Hindu wedding or other religious ceremony.


from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Sanskrit मण्डप, मण्टप (maṇḍapa, maṇṭapa) "pavilion, mandapa", a non-native word perhaps from the same source as मठ (maṭha) "hut, hermit's cottage".


  • The first one at risk is the 13th century Shiva temple of Kakatiya period just before Chityal, having 'garba gruha', 'arthamandapa', 'maha mandapa' and a four-pillared 'Nandi mandapa'.

    The Hindu - Front Page

  • According to him the four-pillared room served as the garvagriha and the cell of the west with a brick built platform inside acted as the mandapa as per the layout style of a Hindu temple.

    Signs of the Times

  • The temple's culminating point, geographically and symbolically, is Gopura I, whose mandapa

    NYT > Home Page


Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.