Gudhamandapa, Gūḍhamaṇḍapa, Gudha-mandapa: 3 definitions



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In Hinduism

Vastushastra (architecture)

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Source: Wisdom Library: Vāstu-śāstra

Gūḍhamaṇḍapa (गूढमण्डप) refers to the “closed-hall” of a temple.

Source: Shodhganga: Temples of Salem region Up to 1336 AD

Gūḍhamaṇḍapa (गूढमण्डप, “assembly hall”) literally means a pavilion, which is covered on all its sides. There is no reference to the term gūḍhamaṇḍapa in the Texts. Inscriptions mention gūḍhamandapa. Gūḍhamaṇḍapa is always square or rectangular on plan. The gūḍhamaṇḍapa corresponds to the assembly hall or the chamber buih in front of the antarāla (‘vestibule’) or the ardhamaṇḍapa (‘half hall’) in the main axis of the temple, the size of which is decided by the architect to suit the requirement of time and resources available. Gūḍhamaṇḍapa is also referred to by the common name navaraṅga in the Kannada context.

As gūḍhamaṇḍapa is a hall where people assemble, it is generally provided with jālavātāyana for ventilation. The inner walls of the gūḍhamaṇḍapa are generally plain and devoid of any ornamentation. The ceiling of the gūḍhamandapa is always flat and is divided into number of bays by the network of architraves supported on pillars and walls. Except the central bay all the other bays are devoid of any ornamentation.

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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.

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India history and geography

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Indian Epigraphical Glossary

Gūḍha-maṇḍapa.—(HA), an adjacent hall; hall in front of the sanctum, where devotees carry on worship, etc. Note: gūḍha-maṇḍapa is defined in the “Indian epigraphical glossary” as it can be found on ancient inscriptions commonly written in Sanskrit, Prakrit or Dravidian languages.

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The history of India traces the identification of countries, villages, towns and other regions of India, as well as royal dynasties, rulers, tribes, local festivities and traditions and regional languages. Ancient India enjoyed religious freedom and encourages the path of Dharma, a concept common to Buddhism, Hinduism, and Jainism.

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