Ardhamandapa, aka: Ardha-mandapa, Ardhamaṇḍapa; 3 Definition(s)


Ardhamandapa means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit. If you want to know the exact meaning, history, etymology or English translation of this term then check out the descriptions on this page. Add your comment or reference to a book if you want to contribute to this summary article.

In Hinduism

Vāstuśāstra (architecture)

Ardhamaṇḍapa (अर्धमण्डप) refers to the “half hall” of a temple.

(Source): Wisdom Library: Vāstu-śāstra

Ardhamaṇḍapa (अर्धमण्डप, “half pavilion”) literally means half pavilion. It is generally found in front of the vestibule (antarāla) or in place of a vestibule. It is closed on its two sides and open on the front side. It connects the garbhagṛha (‘sanctum’) or the antarāla with the hall in front (gūḍhamanḍapa).

The ardhamaṇḍapa sometimes is provided with perforated windows (jālavātāyanas) on its two sides. The roof of the ardhamaṇḍapa is always flat, occasionally it is also paneled. Sometimes the floor level of the ardhamaṇḍapa is slightly elevated than that of the gūḍhamaṇḍapa in front.

(Source): Shodhganga: Temples of Salem region Up to 1336 AD
Vāstuśāstra book cover
context information

Vāstuśāstra (वास्तुशास्त्र, vastu-shastra) refers to the knowledge of architecture. It is a branch of ancient Indian science dealing with topics such architecture, construction, sculpture and their relation with the cosmic universe.

General definition (in Hinduism)

Ardhamaṇḍapa (अर्धमण्डप, “half-hall”); a closed hall, anterior to the main shrine of a temple. It may be separated from the sanctuary by an antarāla or “vestibule”.

(Source): Google Books: Head and Heart: Valour and Self-Sacrifice in the Art of India

Relevant definitions

Search found 308 related definition(s) that might help you understand this better. Below you will find the 15 most relevant articles:

Maṇḍapa (मण्डप).—[maṇḍaṃ bhūṣāṃ pāti pā-ka, maṇḍ-kapan vā]1) A temporary hall erected on ceremo...
Ardhacandra (अर्धचन्द्र) refers to “half moon” and represents one of the thirty-two mudrās (han...
Ardhanārīśvara (अर्धनारीश्वर) is the name of an Ayurvedic recipe defined in the fourth volume o...
Nandimaṇḍapa (नन्दिमण्डप) in the Lokeśvara is built in the form of a highly elevated pavilion a...
Ardhamukulā (अर्धमुकुला).—A type of glance (dṛṣṭi) expressing a transitory state (saṃc...
ardha (अर्ध).—m A half. a Half.--- OR --- ardhā (अर्धा).—a Half. ardhāsā About half.
Ardharātra (अर्धरात्र).—[ardha rātreḥ] 1) midnight; अथार्धरात्रे स्तिमितप्रदीपे (athārdharātre ...
sabhāmaṇḍapa (सभामंडप).—m An erection in front of a temple. An audience-hall.
Ardharecita (अर्धरेचित).—A type of gesture (āṅgika) made with dance-hands (nṛttahasta...
Ardhamāgadhī (अर्धमागधी).—Name of a dialect in which many of Jaina Canonical books are written....
Gūḍhamaṇḍapa (गूढमण्डप, “assembly hall”) literally means a pavilion, which is covered on all...
Uraḥpārśvārdhamaṇḍalī (उरःपार्श्वार्धमण्डली).—A type of gesture (āṅgika) made with da...
Mahāmaṇḍapa (महामण्डप) is the pavilion constructed right in front of the gūḍhamaṇḍapa of the...
dvāramaṇḍapa (द्वारमंडप).—m A porch.
Ardhagomūtra (अर्धगोमूत्र).—A type of sopāna, or, ‘staircase’ of a temple.—Ardha...

Relevant text

- Was this explanation helpful? Leave a comment:

Make this page a better place for research and define the term yourself in your own words.

You have to be a member in order to post comments. Click here to login or click here to become a member.