Located in New Delhi, the Lotus Temple is a magnificent white building shaped like the lotus flower, dedicated to the Baha’i faith which practices Oneness of God, the Oneness of Religions and the Oneness of Mankind.
One of the most visited religious sites in the world, the Lotus Temple in Delhi is one of the only seven monuments in the world built as the Baha’i House of Worship. We celebrate 200 years of the birth of Baha’U’Llah by providing you a detailed view of this wonderful structure.
- Designed by FariborzSahba, an Iranian architect, who won several international awards for the design.
- Inaugurated in 1986, the Lotus Temple was built by Canadian architect Fariborz Sahba using Greek marble.The House of Worship is made using 27 free-standing marble-made “petals” organized in bunches of three to form nine sides
- No external lighting is required to light up the huge prayer hall. The design of the temple is such that light filters through the inner folds of the Lotus lighting the temple up by only natural sun lighting
- India has been associated with the Baha’i Faith right from its inception in 1844. One of the first eighteen people who recognized and accepted the Bab, the forerunner of Baha’U’Llah, was from India
- Visited by more than 70 million devotees till date, it draws up to 10,000 visitors per day making it one of the most visited religious place in the world
- The Lotus Temple is shaped like a lotus as the lotus is the symbol common to Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Islam which is what the Baha’I faith taught. It imbibed all religions together and spoke about one god for all. Religious texts and prayers of any religion can be read and practiced inside the central hall of the temple that can house up to 2500 people
- A beautifully crafted entrance gate guards the temple and greets the visitors. Beautiful gardens with exotic flowers and massive pools filled with crystal clear water surrounding the temple in all its glory
- Children’s classes are held inside the temple which aims at values such as generosity, justice, kindness, unity, courage and truthfulness.
- The evening is the best time to visit this temple when its beauty gets enhanced by the floodlights.
- The nearest metro station is the Kalkaji or Nehru Place which lies on the violet line.
- Prayer timings are 10: AM, 12:00 PM, 3:00 PM and 5:00 PM. People are requested to not leave the Prayer Hall during this time.
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