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LOTUS TEMPLE, DELHI

Lotus Temple, Delhi

Marvellous architecture, absolute peace and a surreal serenity welcome you to this lovely house of worship!

Also called Bahai Temple or the Bahai House of worship, the Lotus Temple is an important landmark in the city of Delhi. This place of worship of the Bahai sect is literally constructed in the shape of a large, white lotus flower. An architectural feat in itself, this beautiful temple is flocked by people from all religions, a living example of the openness and equality promoted by Bahai laws. One is allowed to read or chant from holy scriptures belonging to any religion, but nobody is allowed to play musical instruments, give sermons or hold religious ceremonies inside the hall.

You can experience calm like never before, for the main temple area prohibits visitors from making any noise whatsoever. This exemplifies the true nature of Buddhist traditions, which lays emphasis on meditation as a means to experience divinity. Enjoy the lush green surroundings and maybe even lounge around for a picnic. Winner of a number of architectural awards, Lotus Temple is truly a sight to behold, especially in the night when it is all lit up in breathtaking splendour.

It is the last of seven Major Bahai's temples built around the world. Completed in1986 it is set among the lush green landscaped gardens. The structure is made up of pure white marble The architect Furiburz Sabha chose the lotus as the symbol common to Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainismand Islam. Adherents of any faith are free to visit the temple and pray or meditate.

Around the blooming petals there are nine pools of water, which light up, in natural light. It looks spectacular at dusk when it is flood lit.

The Lotus Temple is located in New Delhi, India. It is a Bahai House of Worship. The structure was completed in 1986. This structure is notable for its flowerlike shape. This place of worship serves as the Mother Temple of the Indian subcontinent. Due to its peculiar structure, it has become a prominent attraction in the city. The Lotus Temple has won numerous architectural awards and been featured in hundreds of newspaper and magazine articles.

Interesting facts about Lotus Temple.

  1. Lotus temple is open to people from all religions. It is one of the houses of Bahai Worship.
  2. Bahai law emphasizes the universality of all religions. It states that House of Worship is a gathering place for people of all religions.
  3. The law further states that only the holy scriptures of Bahai faith and other religions can be read or chanted inside in any language.
  4. The readings and prayers can be set to music by choirs as per the law specified by Bahai religion.
  5. No musical instruments can be played inside the house of God according to the followers of Bahai religion.
  6. Furthermore, no sermons can be delivered. Hence, there is no place for practice of ritualistic ceremonies within this religious community.
  7. Like other Bahai Houses of Worship, the Lotus Temple shares certain architectural elements. Some of these are specified in the Bahai scripture.
  8. Abhui-Baha is the son of the founder of this religion. He had stipulated that the essential architectural character of a House of Worship should have a nine-sided shape.
  9. All the Houses of Worship built by the Bahai community have dome in the central structure. However, the Lotus Temple does not have this characteristic architectural element.
  10. There is no place for pictures, photos, statues or images in Bahai religion.

Location:
Near Kalkaji Temple, East of Nehru Place.

 

Nearest Metro Station:
Kalkaji Mandir

 

Open:
Tue-Sun

 

Closed:
Mondays

 

Timings:
9am to 5:30pm

 

Entry:
Free

 

Photography:
Permission required