Richard Salomon rsalomon at U.WASHINGTON.EDU
Mon Nov 5 17:03:18 UTC 2007

If my memory is correct, this term is also used in Bengal in reference to 
the elaborate displays which are erected each year for Durga-puja. So 
perhaps not Dravidian, or at least not exclusively so.

Richard Salomon

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Ute Huesken" <ute.huesken at URZ.UNI-HEIDELBERG.DE>
Sent: Saturday, November 03, 2007 3:09 PM
Subject: pandal

Dear list members,

I need some help with the etymology and usage of the term "pandal" (or
pantal, in Tamil).

"pandal" is usually rendered as "a temporary roof, a shed, booth, shelter,
or triumphal arch, esp. for temporary use (at a festival, etc.); a marquee;
a tent or booth for a marriage."

The Madras Tamil Dictionary says:
pantalpirittal the ceremony of removing the pandal erected for marriage, 
pantalvaricai money presented to the bride and bridegroom at the marriage 

> From Northern Tamil Nadu I am familiar with the ritual "pantalkal", the
worship of the first pole of a pandal at an auspicious moment, before the
pandal is erected. Moreover, here the term pandal seems not to be restricted
to marriage tents or -marquees, but to all temporary roofs erected at any
auspicious occasion; not only for domestic rituals, but also for temple

Ute Huesken

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