The Lotus Temple is so called because of its shape of a lotus flower. Located in a strategic location in Delhi, the Lotus temple is the Bahai House of Worship that opens to all, regardless of any discretion as per the texts of Bahai faith. The construction of the temple was completed in 1986 and since than the temple has been featuring as one of the best tourist places within the city of Delhi.

The Lotus temple in Delhi serves as the Mother Temple of the Indian subcontinent for the believers of Bahai Faith. Baha'ism traces its genesis to its prophet Baha'u'llah, born in Persia in the twentieth century. The Baha'i Temple is a major attraction of Delhi and is well known for its appearance. The spectacular design of the Lotus temple consists of 27 wonderful huge white petals of an unfolding lotus made of marble and arranged in clusters of three to form nine sides.

As per Bahá'í scripture, there are no pictures, statues or images displayed within the House of Worship. The nine doors of the Lotus Temple open onto a central hall, with a capacity to hold up to 2,500 people. Visitors and worshipers can meditate here. The hall is 34.27m high. The House of Worship, along with the nine surrounding ponds and the gardens around comprise 26 acres of land. The Lotus temple looks stunning when the sun dazzles these lotus petals. It is customary to remove your shoes while entering the temple and to keep silence inside.

The architect who constructed this fabulous monument was an Iranian named Fariborz Sahba. It took over six years and eight months time to complete the edifice at a cost of Rs. 10,000,000. More than forty engineers and 800 labourers worked day and night to erect this splendid monument. The Temple has received wide range of awards and recognition is various spheres like architectural, fine art, religious and so on. As far as the style of the architecture is concerned, the Lotus temple of Delhi is also compared with the Opera House of Sydney, Australia.

Along with the main house of worship, the temple complex has a basement and the ancillary block, which houses a reception centre, a library and the administrative building. The library stores a huge collection of religious books. Moreover, every hour there is an hourly introductory audio-visual presentation for the visitors. The lotus temple is one of the most visited buildings in the world.

 

 
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