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Hinduism - What Is A Mandapa In Hindu Temple Architecture?


 (“pavilion”) The mandapa is a structural component of the Nagara architectural style seen in the Khajuraho variant.

The Nagara style, which is mostly seen in northern India, stresses verticality, with the whole temple construction culminating at a single highest point.

The whole building, like slopes leading up to the mountains, gradually climbs up to the center tower in the Khajuraho style, with the apex of this central tower immediately above the temple's principal image.

The mandapa is the term for a temple hall that is normally between the entry hall (ardhaman dapa) and the main hall in this architecture (mahamandapa).


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Hinduism - What Is A Mahamandapa In Hindu Temple Architecture?

 

The mahamandapa is an architectural element found in the Nagara architectural style's Khajuraho variant.

The Nagara style, which is mostly found in northern India, emphasizes verticality, with the entire temple building culminating in a single highest point; in the Khajuraho variant, the entire structure gradually leads up to the central tower, much like foothills lead up to the mountains, with the central tower's peak directly over the temple's primary image.

The mahamandapa refers to the temple's main entrance-hall, which was separated from the main sanctuary (garbhagrha) by a small vestibule known as the antarala in this architecture.


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