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 Palimandapa) also refers to platforms from which people splash water during the new year celebrations of the Thingyan festival.
A pandal can also be a ceremonial gate, built to welcome visitors. This is mostly used in kerala for marriage,paty,polictical party functions.