What Is A Mandap? 

Wedding Mandap Significance & More! 

Mandap set up at Easthampstead Park

A mandap is an important element of traditional Indian weddings, especially in Hindu and Jain ceremonies. 

It’s a sheltered structure which is usually supported by four pillars that symbolise earth, air, water and fire. These four elements represent energy and symbolise spatiality.

At Easthampstead Park our Berkshire wedding venue has witnessed countless stunning mandap setups, inspiring us to delve into the essence of this sacred structure. 

Join us as we explore the significance and history of the wedding mandap - enjoy the read!


What is a Mandap in Indian weddings?

The wedding mandap, also known as the wedding altar, is a temporary structure built specifically for the marriage ceremony. It’s adorned with beautiful decorations like flowers, bells, and candles. 

During the ceremony the couple along with their parents and the officiant, traditionally gather beneath the mandap and a religious ceremony will be held. The mandap is a sacred and no shoes can be worn under the structure. 

Mandaps gained popularity across India and East Asia over the centuries and remain prevalent today. Aside from weddings, the mandap also plays a significant role in hosting various religious events and prayers.

Mandap Fire | What does it represent?

At the centre of the mandap a fire is lit. In Hindu, marriage is considered a sacred ceremony not just a contract. 

The fire acts as a witness to signify the validity of the marriage and offerings are made. Typically, the bride's brother presents three fistfuls of puffed rice to the bride, wishing her a happy married life. 

Each time the bride offers the rice to the fire as a ritual known as a homam.


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Frequently Asked Questions Related To: What Is A Mandap?

Q: What is the purpose of the mandap?
A: The mandap is like an altar used in Indian wedding ceremonies and events, especially in Hindu and Jain weddings. It is a covered structure supported by four pillars representing earth, air, water, and fire. These four elements symbolise energy and spirituality.

Q: Who sits under the mandap?
A: During Indian wedding ceremonies, traditionally the parents and important family members sit under the mandap.

Q: Is a mandap necessary?
A: In traditional Hindu and Jain weddings every ritual holds significant meaning, and the mandap is an important part.  

Q: How long does it take to set up mandap?
A: Setting up a mandap can vary depending on the specific requests of the couple and the complexity of the design.