Etymology: Sanskrit ààààà, ààààà (maááapa, maááapa) "pavilion, mandapa", a non-native word perhaps from the same source as àà (maáha) "hut, hermit's cottage".
- (south Indian architecture) A pillared hall or porch fronting a Hindu temple. It may be attached or detached from the building.
- A temporary platform or sacred tent used for a Hindu wedding or other religious ceremony.
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