Inaugurated in the year 1986, for public worship and visits, the Lotus temple located in New Delhi, has since been drawing millions and millions of tourists from places around the world. Its visual magnificence has been the primary reason of attraction.
Surveys show that since its inception, Lotus Temple has had above 70 million visitors with an average of 8000 to 10,000 visitors daily. The temple is a beautifully sculpted design that is in the form of the lotus flower. The teachings of Baha’i is preached and practiced here with prayer services held which is attended by devotees from around the world. The primary tenets of the Baha’i faith: oneness of God, oneness of Mankind and oneness have fascinated a huge population around the world.
Lotus temple which is the Bahai’i house of worship is one of the seven Baha’i Houses of Worship in Western Samoa, Australia, Uganda, Panama, Germany and USA.
History of Lotus Temple
Completed in the year 1986, the Lotus Temple straightaway received the title of Taj Mahal of the 20th century by a journalist from United Kingdom.
The tenets of Lotus Temple celebrate the oneness of Mankind and human being’s love for God.
Lotus Temple, the Baha’i House of Worship has been described as “a dewdrop on the brow of eternity” since it celebrates the love of mankind.
Architecture of Lotus Temple:
Lotus Temple is one of the remarkable architectures in the world which has been receiving huge applause since its inception.
The temple is shaped in the form of a lotus and is primarily made up of marble, cement, dolomite and sand.
There is no restriction in the entry of visitors into the premises of the temple and it stays open for people of all religions and atheists too!
The place and the ambience around the temple is perfect for meditation and yoga in the midst of serenity. Delhi boasts of a wonderful place for relaxation through Lotus Temple. The credit for the design and architecture for the temple goes to a Persian architect Fariborz Sahba who hails from Canada. When viewed from the top, the temple is an exact replica of a fully blossomed Lotus flower and the beauty is flawless.
The construction of the temple took a huge 10 years for completion, including above 800 technicians, engineers and workers in the process. There are a total of nine doors around the temple and it stands at a height of around 40 meters. The main reason behind Baha’i House of Worship being designed in the shape of a lotus flower is that Lotus symbolizes peace, love and immortality which makes it an apt symbol for construction.
Awards Received by Lotus Temple:
Award given to the architect Mr. Sabha in the year 1987 from International Federation for Art and Architecture, USA.
“Award for the structural design” by the Institute of Structural Engineers in UK
“The Citation Award” for personifying the visual impact of the beautiful Lotus flower.
Accreditation for its outdoor illumination in the year 1988
“American Concrete Institute Award” for being one of the most artistically built concrete structures.
"Glob Art Academy Award" in the year 2000 from Glob Art Academy in Vienna.
During Winter: 9:00 am to 5:30 pm
During Summer: 9:00 am to 7:00 pm
Remains open from Tuesday to Sunday (Mondays closed). There is no charge for admission.
Information Centre Visiting Hours:
During winter: 9:30 am to 5:30 pm
During summer: 9:30 am to 6:30 pm
*Winter: 1st October to 31st March Summer: 1st April to 30th September
How to reach Lotus Temple:
Delhi Darshan Buses cover the Lotus Temple whenever they make tourist tours.It is easily accessible by cabs and taxis as well. Further, if traveled by metro, the nearest metro station to Lotus Temple is Nehru Place.