Pandal

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Durga Puja pandal at Lalbazar, Bankura

A pandal is fabricated structure, either temporary or permanent, in a religious ceremony, for example a wedding. It is derived from (Tamil: பந்தல் or Malayalam: പന്തൽ) (pandhal).

In Hinduism, it is a temporary structure set up to venerate the god Ganesha during Ganesh Chaturthi or the goddess Durga during Durga Puja, known as puja pandal.

In Sri Lanka, Vesak thorang pandals are set up during the Vesak festival, with illuminated panels illustrated with episodes from the life of the Gautama Buddha. Pandals are also set up during Gammaduwa (village rebirth) festivals, honouring the goddess Pattini.

Pandal (မဏ္ဍပ် or mandat in Burmese, from Pali mandapa) also refers to platforms from which people splash water during the new year celebrations of the Thingyan festival.[1]

A pandal can also be a ceremonial gate, built to welcome visitors. This is mostly used in kerala for marriage,paty,polictical party functions.

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  1. ^ Kyaw Zin Htun; Yadana Htun (24 March 2008). "Constructing a pandal for festival fun". Myanmar Times. Retrieved 13 May 2012. 

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