Symbol of spiritual refinement of mankind, Lotus temple is a wonderful
lotus-shaped temple of Bahai religion. Radiating spiritual lights and
revolutionizing the concept of worships and religion, this temple stands as
one of the marvelous architectural works in the world during the last 50
years. Open for public since December 1986, temple has attracted zillions of
people from all faith and nations. The temple is sprawling over 26 acres of
green lawns and avenues.
Quick Facts Location : South Delhi, near Nehru Place, New Delhi Year of Construction : 1,986 Constructed : By Bahu'll Khan Dedicated to no God : (Independent Religions) Visit Timings : Summer (1 April - 30 September) 9:00 am to 7:00
Winter (1 October - 31 March) 9:30 am to 5:30 pm Climate : 25 oC - 45 oC (Summer) 7 oC - 21 oC (Winter) Best time to visit : October to May
within the Lotus Temple Design of Lotus Temple
Designed by Iranian-origin architect Fariborz Sahba, the Lotus temple has
27 free-standing marble clad petals arranged in clusters of three to form
nine sides. It is surrounded by nine ponds which give it an impressions of a
Architecture of Lotus Temple
The lotus shaped temple is made of white marble, cement, dolomite and sand,
this temple is 24 m from floor to apex and 70m in diameter. The temple
structure has 27 giant white Greek marble petals and and 9 pools. The temple
deeply touches Indian reverences and religious association to lotus.
There is a very large prayer hall where people of religion can mediate. And
no idol or deity is installed neither any ritual is performed. Only some
sections from the holy books of all religion are recited.
Nine pools of water and Walkways
Nine pools of water and walkways are a unique aspects of the temple and
Bhai belief system. They symbolically represents the floating green leaves
of the lotus flower and nine unifying spiritual paths of the Bahai belief
that believe in oneness of all religions and humanity.
Center of Bahai Religion
The temple is also the center of the Bahai religion. It believes in the
oneness of mankind, oneness of God and oneness of religion. Inculcation of
harmony and peace and love among all the people of all religions are among
Some Other Attraction Near
the Lotus Temple
In front of the Lotus temple, Kalkaji temple is one of the most famous
Hindu pilgrimage in Delhi. Dedicated Goddess Kalka or Kali is located on
hill offering beautiful observation of deities. Special festival is held on
Qutb Minar Complex
This world's only 72.5 brick minaret of the world. Located in Mehrauli, the
minaret reflect the architectural glory of Muslim rulers in medieval period.
Carved out of red sandstones, the minaret has beautiful Arabic calligraphy
and other constrictions.
Further 2 kilometers northeast of Qutab Minar, Khirki Masjid or Mosque is a
unique attraction. Khirki meaning latticed windows is known for its
distinctive window opening with jalis or tracery. Built by Khan-I-Jahan, the
prime minister of Feroz Shah Tughlaq, the mosque is worth a visit.
Humayun's Tomb is Persian style of complex with spacious four gardens and
tomb of Humayun, the second Mughal emperor in the center. It is considered
the prototype of Agra's Taj Mahal.