Nata mandir

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The Nata mandir of the Sun Temple in Konarak

A Nata mandir (or Nat mandir or Nata mandapa) is the dance hall of a Hindu temple. It is one of the buildings of the temple, especially in the Kalinga architecture. The name comes from the sanskrit Nata (=dance) and Mandir (=temple). The most known nata mandirs are the one of the Temple of Surya at Konark and the Lingaraj temple [1] in Bhubaneswar.

The Nata mandir refers to the time of the devadasis tradition when it was prevalent in India. Dancers lived in temple premises solely dedicating their lives to reputed dance forms like Odissi and Bharathanatyam. Though modern times saw the decline of this tradition, the platforms built for performances still stay as major component of the temple architecture.


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