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- n. A pillared hall or porch fronting a Hindu temple. It may be attached or detached from the building.
- n. A temporary platform or sacred tent used for a Hindu wedding or other religious ceremony.
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'.
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.
The temple's culminating point, geographically and symbolically, is Gopura I, whose mandapa