Lotus Temple is one of the most visited temples in Delhi because of its interesting architecture and entry to all people following any religion or faith.
Location: Lotus Temple Road, Near Kalkaji, New Delhi
Entry Timings: 9:30 am to 05:30 pm in Winters
9:30 am to 07:00 pm in summers
Closed on Mondays
Nearest Metro Station: Kalkaji Mandir on Violet Line
Nearest Bus Stand: Nehru Place Terminal
Lotus Temple, also famous with the name Baha’i House of of Worship or Baha’i Mashriqu’l-Adhkar temple, is one of the most interesting tourist attraction of Delhi. The temple has won huge number of awards on the basis of its marvellous architecture and has got many articles published in major newspapers and magazines. The temple is named lotus temple because of its shape of a half opened lotus.
What is the architecture of the temple?
The construction work of the temple was over in the year 1986 and it was opened for public in December in the same year. The Lotus Temple in Delhi is one of the seven major Bahai’s temples all over the world, most of which are also in the shape of a lotus. The temple is simple but marvellous in design and was designed by Iranian architect Fariborz Shaha.
In order to construct this temple, pure white marble, cement, dolomite and sand has been used. The temple’s design consists of nine sides with 27 lotus petals in total and is surrounded by 9 water bodies on the outside. All the nine sides of the temple has an entry gate that opens into a central prayer hall where people can sit, pray or meditate. The central hall can include up to 1300 worshippers at a time.
There are two layers in which the temple has been designed. One of the layer consists of 9 marble lotus petals that are pointing towards the sky and the other layer has 9 petals that make a dome like structure.
Who can visit the Lotus Temple?
Lotus temple has been constructed on the basis of Baha’is belief stating ‘Oneness of God’, ‘Oneness of Religions’ and ‘Oneness of Mankind’. What makes the temple different from others is that unlike other temples, it does not houses any spiritual pictures, icons, idols, statues etc that represent a religion. Though the temple has scriptures of almost all the religions so that people can read them. This proves that the temple is not just open for a particular religion or caste but for the complete humanity. There is no restriction on entry of people of any caste, creed, race, religion etc. So an individual following any religion or faith is welcome to visit the place. Because of this, more than 10,000 people of different religion, caste and faith visit the temple everyday. The temple is open for all.
Why should you visit Lotus Temple?
The Lotus Temple is a perfect and a must-visit place for people if they want to work on their inner strength through prayer and meditation. The shape in which it is built – lotus – itself represents peace, unity and purification.
According to Baha’i faith, meditation and prayer are the means to improve your current life as well as the afterlife.
The temple premises also consists of an information center that contains books, scriptures, images, films, movies etc that can be used to study the history and significance of the Baha’i faith in detail.
Lotus Temple is an ideal place for people who want to meditate or stay away from the chaos of the surroundings and develop their inner strength and peace.