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Baha’i Lotus Temple New Delhi India
“Baha’i Lotus Temple” a ‘must see place’ in New Delhi surmounts with love, peace, and tranquility. This famed lotus temple, Baha’i Mandir is the most visited establishment in India. It has been a house of worship. The awesome edifice encompasses a great architecture and historical importance. In 1986 the construction of Bahai Temple was completed. Since the temple resembles a lotus shape, it owned the name as Lotus Temple. Though it is a side, the lotus represents love, purity, immortality symbolically. That’s why the temple bears a resemblance of a lotus flower. Persian architect Fariborz Sahba from Canada built the jaw-dropping temple’s architecture. (more…)
Dolomite, Cement, sand and Marble were the main materials to construct the lotus temple. It gives a look of partially opened lotus when viewed from the top angle. Totally 10 years devoted to complete the Temple. Around 800 people toiled to complete the construction. There are nine reflecting pools present outside the temple . This temple is embellished with nine doors. White marble enhances the beauty of the temple and the temple’s height is 40 meters.
Let us know some interesting and factual about lotus temple:
- Lotus temple is being the house of Bahai worship open to all religious people
- Choirs offer readings and prayers as per the Bahai religion law
- Playing musical instruments inside the temple is banned
- No pictures, photos, images or statues are present in the temple
- Abhui-Baha is the son of the founder of Bahai religion who stipulated the worship place with nine-sided shape
- The temple does not entertain sermons, so no practice of ritualistic ceremonies
- More than 10,000 visitors visit each day here
- Since its opening from 1986 more than 70 million people visited the glorious temple
- The Hindu Legship Shiva shrine mimics the lotus temple
- 10,000 different sizes of marbles were used for the temple’s construction
- Apart from New Delhi, the other six lotus sanctuary are present in Australia, Panama, Apia, Kampala, Germany and Wilmette
- This temple uses solar power. Its electrical usage is 500 KW out of which 120 KW is provided by solar power
- 2500 people can occupy inside of the temple in a single sitting
- The temple sprawls in 10.5 hectares
- According to Guinness World Record 2001, it won the title of “The most visited religious building in the world”
- CNN Report stated the temple in 2001 as “The most visited building in the world”
- Rs. 6.50 postage stamp features the temple
Temple’s visitation timings:
The temple opens from 9.30 am to 5.30 pm in winter season whereas 9.00 am to 5.00 pm in summer. Except Mondays, the temple is kept opened on all days. The concerned conduct a 15- minute prayer session at regular intervals. Kalka Ji Mandir is the nearest Metro station.
There is no charge for entry to the temple and the parking space is also free
Prior permission is to be sought before taking the photograph inside the temple. However, you can carry mobile phones and take pics.
Best time to visit
October to March is the best time (winter) to visit Lotus temples. Summer will be prickly hot and it is better to avoid.
Best spots to travel around Lotus temple:
Kailash Shiv Mandir, Kalkaji Devi Temple, Kalkaji District Park, Astha Kunj Park, Shiv Kalkaji Mandir, ISKCON Temple, Ashoka Edict Rock, Balaji Hanuman Mandir, Ambaraka Gallery, Shrine Empire gallery.
Where to accommodate?
Many hotels are there in the vicinity of Lotus Temple. Hotel Cosy Place, Clarks Inn, Zip, Eros Plaza are the mid-range hotels close to the temple where you can enjoy your accommodation.