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

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In Hinduism

Vastushastra (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
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Vastushastra (वास्तुशास्त्र, vāstuśāstra) refers to the ancient Indian science (shastra) of architecture (vastu), dealing with topics such architecture, sculpture, town-building, fort building and various other constructions. Vastu also deals with the philosophy of the architectural 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

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