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Toran \To"ran\, Torana \To"ra*na\, n. [Skr. t[=o]ra[.n]a an arch, a gate.] (Indian Arch.) A gateway, commonly of wood, but sometimes of stone, consisting of two upright pillars carrying one to three transverse lintels. It is often minutely carved with symbolic sculpture, and serves as a monumental approach to a Buddhist temple.


For the Australian car, see Holden Torana.

A toran or torana is a type of gateway seen in the Hindu, Buddhist and Jain architecture of the Indian subcontinent, Southeast Asia and East Asia.

Usage examples of "torana".

He opened the boot of the Torana and stowed away the generator and the lamp.