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A wedding mandap (विवाह मंडप, लग्नमण्डप) is a mandap (covered structure with pillars) temporarily erected [1]for the purpose of a Hindu or Jain wedding. The main wedding ceremonies take place under the mandap.

It is traditionally made of wood, although now modern materials are sometimes used[2]. It often comes as a set that includes pillars supporting a frame, royal chairs for the bride and the groom, side chairs for parents and a pedestal for the sacred fire.

It is often rented from businesses that specialize in renting items for an Indian wedding. Its use is common even among overseas Indians[3].

Use of a mandap is an ancient custom and is described in texts like Ramacharitamanas [4] and various Sanskrit texts.

जेहिं मंडप दुलहिनि बैदेही ।
सो बरनै असि मति कबि केही ॥२॥

The bride is often escorted to the mandap by her maternal uncle[5].

Decorations

Traditionally, the wedding mandap is decorated using kalashas (pots filed with water), garlands of mango leaves, coconuts, banana leaves etc.

See also

References

  1. Rituals & Customs of a Hindu Wedding: Design & Planning Guide by Kavita Kapoor
  2. विवाह मंडप नए रूप में http://hindi.webdunia.com/miscellaneous/woman/articles/0903/02/1090302110_1.htm
  3. Marrying East and West From Henna to Horses, Hindu Wedding Traditions Call for Specialized Help http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A40091-2004May19.html
  4. Balkand, 320
  5. A Maharashtrian marriage http://www.indianexpress.com/res/web/pIe/ie/daily/19990202/ile02185.html

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