mandapa

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mandapa
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Etymology[edit]

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

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mandapa ‎(plural mandapas)

  1. (in south India, architecture) A pillared hall or porch fronting a Hindu temple. It may be attached or detached from the building.
  2. (South Asia) A temporary platform or sacred tent used for a wedding or other religious ceremony.
    • 1997, Kiran Nagarkar, Cuckold, HarperCollins 2013, p. 44:
      She led the way inside the house to the mandap.