Lotus Temple – Must see Bahai Temple

"Lotus Temple New Delhi"

In a country of more than a billion people where close to 70% people are Hindus and nearly 28% adhere to Islam, the Bahá’í form only a small community, less than five million. Despite their small numbers, the followers of this one of the newest religions in the world have built one of the largest temples in the world which due to its magnificent architectural design has compelled many to term it as “the Taj [Mahal] of modern India.” Officially known as the Bahai House of Worship, this structure in New Delhi is more famous as the Lotus Temple or the Bahai Temple, because of its partly-opened Lotus shaped praying hall. It’s one of the six major Bahai houses of worship in the world. The other five are in Apia, Western Samoa; Sydney, Australia; Kampala, Uganda; Panama City, Panama; Frankfurt, Germany and Wilmette, USA.

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The Lotus Temple in New Delhi

Architecture of the Lotus Temple

Award Winning Canadian architect Arthur Erickson has described the architecture of the Lotus Temple as “one of the most remarkable achievements of our time, proving that the drive and vision of spirit can achieve miracles.” The temple is so excellently designed that it’s discernible at a distance of more than a kilometre at night. The 27-petal, half-opened lotus is surrounded by delicately kept lawns and nine pools. The 40 m tall temple was opened to worshippers on 24 December 1986. Since then it has attracted over 70 million people. Currently an estimated 10,000 people visit the temple everyday. The base of the lotus spans approximately 70 m and the hall inside can accommodate over 1,300 people.

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Lotus Temple. Source: CHRISTOPHER MACSURAK’s photostream

The Bahai Religion

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Bahai Symbol

One of the most remarkable things about the temple is that although it’s been made by the Bahá’í community, the temple is open to worshippers from all over the world irrespective of their religion, nationality, ethnicity or colour. A 19th century Iranian spiritual leader named Bahá’u’lláh is the founder of the faith which recognises Moses, Buddha, Jesus, Mohammed and now Bahá’u’lláh as one of the messengers of god. Bahá’u’lláh took traditions from Abrahamic religions and combined them with Eastern religions to create this new faith. There are an estimated five to six million Bahá’ís in the world, of whom 3.6 million live in Asia. The Bahá’ís call theirs a global religion. The core believes are: monotheism, oneness of religions and oneness of mankind.

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Bahaullah, the founder of Bahai Religion

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Abdu’l-Bahá’ with his brothers and companions. He is seen in the front row, third from the left.

Bahá’u’lláh was born in Iran in 1817. As a young man he was deeply impressed by a new religious movement in Iran known as Bábism. The moment didn’t differentiate between humans as regarded them all as a big family. Bahá’u’lláh deeply believed in it, declared himself a prophet and that that the time had come for the humans to unite. He was exiled for his beliefs. He went to Palestine where he died at the age of 74.

The Lotus Temple in the 21st century

In the 21st century the temple serves as much a place of worship as a famous tourist destination. According to some estimates it’s one of the most visited buildings in the world. In 2002, more people flocked at the Lotus Temple during that year than at any other building excluding the Eiffel Tower and the Taj Mahal.

Lotus Temple Address:

Bahá’í House of Worship
Bahapur, Kalkaji
New Delhi – 110019

Lotus Temple Visiting Hours

Winter: 9:00 am to 6:00 pm
Summer: 9:00 am to 7:00 pm

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Lotus Temple at night. Source: Wikimedia Commons

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36 thoughts on “Lotus Temple – Must see Bahai Temple

  1. Ahhhh Anuther great article about Indian heritage from Shalu Ji….

    I have been to Lotus Temple several time (as I live in Noida, near to Delhi)….it gives you a lot of peace whenever you are there….

    If you are in Delhi then you must visit this temple……really beautiful temple to visit.
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  2. Since childhood days I had wanted to visit the Lotus temple. When I shifted to Delhi I visited the place and came to know that it was a place of worship. It was a nice feeling just sitting there quietly. How often do we sit quiet?
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  3. HI Shalu
    another nice post. I have been following you blog for few days now . your post on cabs in Delhi brought me to your blog. I have never been to Delhi, But i always wanted to. I want to visit Taj mahal in Agra, which is close I presume,and many other places in Delhi. Never heard of Lotus temple before, but it seems like a must see location. thanks for sharing this
    Bryan

    • Hi Bryan, you would be more than welcome in India. Lotus Temple is an architectural marvel, an amazing piece of architecture. The Taj Mahal is close to Delhi in Agra.
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  4. People just visit on lotus temple. I also visit on lotus temple. I never came thought for what is history of lotus temple. You did a superb job to share this history of lotus temple.

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  7. New Delhi is more renowned worldwide as the Lotus Temple or the Bahai Temple, in view of its halfway opened Lotus formed asking corridor. It’s one of the six significant Bahai houses of love on the planet

  8. Wonderful temple. One of the architectures that I like India. Share pictures with friends so they can admire their beauty.

  9. In the 21st century the temple serves as much a place of worship as a famous tourist destination. According to some estimates it’s one of the most visited buildings in the world. In 2002, more people flocked at the Lotus Temple during that year than at any other building excluding the Eiffel Tower and the Taj Mahal.
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  10. An important topic-I’m so happy to see it addressed.Lotus temple is one of the best temples here in Delhi. Explore this place in North India Holiday Packages & visit such beautiful temples only from SplendourHolidays.

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