Lotus Temple - Bahai Temple

Located in New Delhi, Lotus Temple (a flowerlike-shaped temple) is a Bahá'í House of Worship; constructed from 27 free standing marble petals arranged in cluster. The Lotus Temple is one of the eight Bahá'í houses in the world.

History and structure of Lotus Temple

Founded in the 19th century, Bahá'í is one of the youngest religions of the world. The Bahá'í faith teaches that Bahá'í House of Worship is a place for people of all religions, sex, creed or any other distinction. Unity and equality among all is the core of the Bahá'í faith. Completed and opened in the year 1986, the Lotus Temple is a major tourist attraction and a prominent landmark in the capital city.

The temple is famous for its unique architectural design. As the name suggests, the temple is built in the shape of a lotus flower, which is a sacred symbol in many religions. Just like all other Bahá'í temples in the world, the Lotus Temple too has nine sides and shares certain other architectural elements. For instance, none of the Bahá'í temple displays pictures, statues or images as per the Bahá'í scripture.

Worship at Lotus Temple

Bahá'í temples all over the world are renowned for their peaceful and calming atmosphere. The Bahá'í temple in Delhi can hold up to 2,500 people. People come to the Lotus Temple for meditation. Reading of non-scriptural texts, delivering lectures or fund-raisings are not allowed. The temple also forbids to play any instrument or music but holy scriptures of various religions may be read.

Things to know

  • The Lotus Temple was designed by an Iranian architect Fariborz Sahba
  • The temple has nine doors, all of them leading to a Central Hall
  • The temple is a Bahá'í House of Worship, which believes in oneness of god, religions and mankind
  • Ardishir Rustampur of Hyderabad, gave away all his life-savings for the temple to be constructed

Visiting time- 9:30 am - 5:30 pm (except Mondays)

Entrance Fee- No entry charges (parking is free)

How to reach- By metro (Kalkaji Mandir is the nearest station)

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