Definition of mandap in English:


(also mandapam)


  • 1(in southern India) a temple porch.

    • ‘In those regal days, it is said, the king and the queen, after taking a round about trip by boat, would retire to the central mandapam for a bit of rest.’
    • ‘Outside the main entrance to the temple is a stone mandapam and around this area are several shops that sell anything from lead and stone vessels to brass and bronze prayer items.’
    • ‘The east-facing temple is constructed on a six-foot-high platform and has a pillared mandap and a gate.’
    • ‘Two of the mandapams have been left unfinished.’
    • ‘The following mandapams are found in this temple.’
    • ‘There are many mandapams on the way for people to take rest.’
    • ‘Almost all the communities in the town can today boast of a couple of mandapams of their own.’
    • ‘In front of the temple was once an ancient shopping center lined with mandapams, the ruins of which stand today.’
    • ‘The original mandapam where the king used to rest while visiting the temple is quite unrecognisable now.’
    • ‘It is now time for jubilation and exchange of greetings in the middle of the mandap.’
    • ‘With the temple becoming a popular marriage centre, the two mandapams are increasingly becoming inadequate.’
    • ‘In the light drizzle, his niece, followed by her husband and son, and then her mother, make their way to the mandapam.’
    • ‘A Kerala-style mandapam and sculptures will be put up there.’
    • ‘A beautiful flight of steps along with mandapams for devotees to rest, take us to the top of the hill.’
    • ‘In all there are eight mandapams scattered over the main hill, two of which have been left unfinished.’
    • ‘By evening, the grand edifice of the temple and the neon lights of the commercial area are reflected in the waters along with the five mandapams dotting the periphery.’
    • ‘The outer pillars of the mandapam seen here have sharply-cut discs at the top and square blocks at the centre to which granite figures are attached to form angled brackets reaching the eave.’
    • ‘An icon of a crawling Krishna in a silver cradle or leaf is placed in the mandapam.’
    • ‘On the ceiling of this mandapam are the wonderful images of ‘navagrahas’ or nine deities intricately done in wood.’
    • ‘Once he reached the temple, he was thrilled and ecstatic and, threw away all his clothes and entered the mandapam only in a small piece of loincloth.’
    1. 1.1 A temporary platform set up for weddings and religious ceremonies.
      • ‘He is then escorted to the mandap while the rest of the party takes seats among the audience.’
      • ‘However, now it is common to find more than two marriages being held at the same venue with most halls boasting of an additional mandapam.’
      • ‘She was ceremoniously brought to the mandapam by the groom's maternal uncle.’
      • ‘According to the police, additional security would be provided around the mandapam where the wedding is scheduled to take place.’
      • ‘Some of the senior priests ran from one wedding mandap to another to be present at the most crucial moments of the ceremonies.’


From Sanskrit maṇḍapam.