Lotus Temple

Lotus Temple in Delhi is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Delhi. This temple was established in 1986 and is known as the Bahá'í House of Worship. Its distinctive lotus flower-inspired design and serene atmosphere attract travellers seeking historical, religious and architectural inspiration. 

Architecture

Lotus Temple, designed by Iranian architect Fariborz Sahba, was completed in 1986 and is one of the 13 Baha'i faith temples in existence.

Exterior structure

The temple's facade is composed of 27 marble-clad "petals" arranged in three concentric circles. Its white marble-clad petals give the temple a pristine appearance. The symbolism of the lotus is further emphasised by nine reflecting pools surrounding the temple, creating a sense of tranquillity and unity with nature.

Interior structure

Inside the Temple, is a central prayer hall. Its expression of nine white petals gracefully unfolding around a central hall is awe-inspiring.

Bahai faith

The Baha'i faith was founded by Bahá'u'lláh in 1844. This faith entered India in 1875 with a person named Jamál Effendi and successfully resonated with the diverse Indian population.

The Lotus Temple draws inspiration from the Baha'i religion. Its absence of religious idols and rituals makes it a place of worship for people of all faiths under one shed. It promotes the unity of all religions. Peace, love and purity are the guiding philosophy of the Bahai faith.

Things to do

The Lotus Temple offers various activities that teach you about the history of the Lotus Temple and the Baha'i faith. These activities include:

Devotional gatherings

Such gatherings showcase the peaceful expression of a Bahai community.

Children's classes

These classes aim to instil values such as love, kindness, truthfulness, unity and belief in the Almighty.

Junior youth classes

This program aims to imbibe spiritual and mental acuity in children aged between 11-14 years old.

Study circles

Such gatherings spread knowledge on Bahai beliefs, writings and prayers.

Observation of architecture

You can observe and study the stunning Biomimetic architecture in this Temple.

Photography

Its stunning architecture, especially against the backdrop of the reflecting pools, provides fantastic photo opportunities.

Some interesting facts

  • The architect and the temple have won several awards, including one from, Institution of Structural Engineering, UK in 1987.
  • It is the first temple in Delhi that derives its electricity from solar power.
  • Scriptures of the Lotus temple are featured on a ₹6.50 postage stamp.
  • A Bahai follower named Ardishír Rustampúr, donated his entire savings to purchase the plot for the temple.
  • The unique lotus design was chosen as it is a common symbol of peace and love in Hinduism, Islam, Jainism and Buddhism.

Lotus Temple, nestled in the heart of Delhi, stands as a symbol of unity and spirituality. Don't miss the chance to experience this unique sanctuary on your next visit to Delhi, as it promises an unparalleled experience.

Tips for travellers

  • This temple structure is amid 26 acres of land. It is best to come with 2-3 hours in hand so that you can explore its entire complex with ease.
  • Note that Lotus Temple remains closed on Mondays.
  • Its opening and closing times are different in different months. From October to March, the temple is open from 9:30 am to 5:30 pm, and from April to September, it stays open from 9:30 am till 7 pm.
  • Visitors can take photographs only outside this shrine using mobile phones or cameras without causing any additional charges.
  • If you want to attend the prayers visit at 10 am, 12 pm, 3 pm and 5 pm.
  • If you want to photograph the interior of this temple, you must take special permission to avoid any additional charges.

FAQs on Lotus Temple

Nearest metro station is Kalkaji Metro Station which is only 500m from the temple. Nearest bus stand is Nehru Place Terminal which is only 5 minutes' walk from the temple.
The best time to visit the Lotus Temple is during the winter season between October and March. Temperature during this time ranges from 33 degrees to 18 degrees, which is ideal for outdoor activities.

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