(in south India, architecture) A pillared hall or porch fronting a Hindu temple. It may be attached or detached from the building.
Origin of Mandapa
From Sanskrit मण्डप, 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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