How to Build a Mandap


In Hindu tradition, the wedding ritual is performed under a four-poster canopy, called a mandap. The decorating of the mandap varies from region to region in India, but the basic concept remains consistent---to bless the bride and groom. Various rituals are conducted under the mandap during the ceremony, such as an exchange of garlands. Red, gold and silver are traditional canopy colors. Create a mandap frame from PVC pipe to have a portable structure that you can conveniently assemble for indoor or outdoor use.

Things You'll Need

  • 8 PVC pipes, 1 1/2 inch by 10 feet
  • 4 PVC elbow connectors, 1 1/2 inch
  • 4 matching flowerpots, 24-inch height
  • Floral foam
  • Fabric
  • Scissors
  • Safety pins
  • Flowers
  • Floral garlands
  • String lights
  • Place a 10-foot PVC pipe in each of two bottom 90-degree openings on one of four PVC elbow connectors, leaving the third elbow connector opening facing up.

  • Attach another elbow connector, top opening facing up, to the free ends of each previously connected pipe.

  • Place another 10-foot pipe in each remaining bottom opening of these two elbow connectors. Create a square by inserting the two remaining free 10-foot pipe ends into the 90-degree openings in one more elbow connector, top opening facing up. You now have a 10-by-10-foot square that serves as the top of the completed mandap.

  • Insert one 10-foot PVC pipe in each of the four elbow connector openings that face up, creating the mandap columns.

  • Set one 24-inch-tall flowerpot at each corner of the 10-by-10-foot area intended for the mandap structure. Fill each pot with floral foam.

  • Invert the 10-by-10-foot PVC structure. Insert one PVC column into each of the four flowerpots, firmly pushing each pole through the floral foam for stability.

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