Lotus Temple in Delhi
The Lotus Temple is a Bahá’í House of Worship, situated in Delhi completed on 1986. This is called lotus temple due to its notable shape resembling a Lotus. Bahá’í a monotheistic religion emphasizing the spiritual unity of humankind. It has three principles,
-> Unity of God.
-> Unity of Religion.
-> Unity of Humanity.
Like every Bahá’í House of Worship, this temple is open to all, regardless of their religion.
The Bahá’í laws emphasize that the spirit of the House of Worship be that it is a gathering place where people of all religions may worship God without any denominational restrictions.
Beauty of construction:-
The lotus structure is composed of 27 free-standing marble clad [petals] arranged in clusters of three to form nine sides. The outermost set of nine petals, called the ‘entrance leaves’, open outwards and form the nine entrances all around the outer annular hall. The next set of nine petals, called the ‘outer leaves’, point inwards. The third set of nine petals, called the ‘inner leaves’, appears to be partly closed. Only the tips open out, somewhat like a partly opened bud. This portion, which rises above the rest, forms the main structure housing the central hall.
The Lotus Temple as of late 2002, attracted more than 50 million visitors & more, making it one of the most visited buildings in the world.On celebration days and holy days, it draws as many as 150,000 people in one day.
As you’ll walk on path towards Lotus Temple, you’ll notice beautifully constructed Gardens.Then you’ll be entering the sanctuary where you would sit in pure silence for as long as you’d like. As you enter you will notice the nine doors open onto a central hall slightly more than 40 meters tall that is capable of holding up to 2,500 people. Along with its nine surrounding ponds and the gardens, the Lotus Temple property comprises 26 acres.
1994 edition of Encyclopedia Britannica, in its ‘Architecture’ section gives recognition to the Temple as an outstanding achievement of the time.
Way to get here:-
Take the Metro to Kalkaji Mandir station and from there it’s about a 10 minute walk to the entrance gate – you’ll see the giant lotus from the Metro as you approach.
Hours: Tuesday – Sunday from 9 am – 7 pm, closed on Mondays
Best experience – Guide tour