Mukhamandapa, Mukhamaṇḍapa, Mukha-mandapa: 2 definitions

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Mukhamandapa means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, the history of ancient India. 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.

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Vastushastra (architecture)

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

Mukhamaṇḍapa (मुखमण्डप) is a small pavilion or porch constructed in front of the doorway of the temple. As this forms the part of the façade of the temple, this pavilion is called by the name mukhamaṇḍapa (mukha- face + maṇḍapa- pavilion). Mukhamaṇḍapa is a regular feature of the Dravidian temple architecture.

Mukhamaṇḍapa is a small porch built on the same plinth (adhiṣṭhāna) on which the temple is built. It is supported by four pillars. Of these pillars, two are in the front and two are at the back. The pillars on the backside are placed adjacent to the wall of the temple.

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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 geogprahy

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Indian Epigraphical Glossary

Mukha-maṇḍapa.—Tamil muga-maṇḍaka (SITI), the front hall in a temple; cf. mahāmaṇḍapa. Note: mukha-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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