Located in New Delhi, India, Lotus Temple is a Bahá’í House of Worship. Constructed in 1986, the Lotus Temple is known for its flower shape. The Lotus Temple has won numerous architectural awards and been featured in various newspaper and magazine articles. Like all Bahá’í Houses of Worship, the Lotus Temple is open to all, regardless of religion or any other qualification. The building is composed of 27 free-standing marble-clad “petals” arranged in clusters of three to form nine sides, with nine doors opening onto a central hall with height of slightly over 40 metres and a capacity of 2,500 people.
History and Architecture of Lotus Temple
Everyone knows a few facts about the history of how this temple was constructed. The area on which the temple is constructed was bought from the money donated by Ardishir Rustampur of Hyderabad. He gave away all his life-savings in 1953 for the temple to be constructed. However, it was not until 1976 that Iranian architect Fariborz Sahba was approached for designing it.
Bahá’í Houses of Worships usually share their architectural elements, some of which are specified by Bahá’í scripture. It is said that the founder of the religion once mandated that an essential architectural character of a House of Worship will be a nine-sided circular shape. While contemporary Bahá’í Houses of Worship have a dome, this is not known as an essential part of their architecture. Bahá’í scripture also underline that no pictures, statues or images be displayed within the House of Worship as an architectural feature.
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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 structure is made up of pure white marble. The architect Furiburz Sabha chose the lotus as the symbol common to the religion of Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Islam. Followers of any faith are free to visit the temple and pray or meditate.
The temple of Bahai’s has won a number of international awards for this brilliant piece of work including the awards from the GlobArt Academy, Institution of Structural Engineers and other. It also gained recognition in publications like the Encyclopedia Britannia and Guinness World Records. A commemorative stamp on the Lotus Temple has been issued, books written and musical compositions created to showcase its grandeur.
Location and Metro Station
Address is : Lotus Temple Rd, Shambhu Dayal Bagh, Bahapur, Shambhu Dayal Bagh, Kalkaji, New Delhi, Delhi 110019
Lotus Temple is near to the Kalkaji Mandir metro station and right next to the Kalkaji Park. Nearest railway station is Hazrat Nizamuddin.
The Lotus Temple in Delhi was inaugurated to public in December 1986. It has received a number of acclamation in the field of professional architectural, fine art, religious, governmental, and other venues. According to an estimate, more than four million people visit the temple every year.
Timings and Tickets
Lotus Temple usually opens at 9.30 am and closes by 5.30 pm in winter, in summer the timings are 9 am to 7 pm. It remains open from Tuesday to Sunday and is closed on Mondays.
A 15-minute prayer sessions is held in the temple regularly every day.
There is no entry fee to enter the Lotus Temple. Parking of the vehicle is also free .
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