The Bahá’í House of Worship in New Delhi, India is popularly known as Lotus Temple. This serves as a Mother Temple for Indian Subcontinent and is a prominent attraction in Delhi. This architectural marvel was completed in 10 years under the supervision of a Persian architect, Fariborz Sabha. A team of 800 engineers, technicians, workers and artisans worked together to create this architectural marvel.
This temple gives the impression of a half opened lotus flower surrounded by its leaves. Temple is made of marble, cement, dolomite and sand. It has 27 free-standing marble clad petals arranged in clusters of 3 to form 9 sides, and these 9 doors open into a central hall which has a capacity to accommodate 2500 people. All around the lotus are walkways with beautiful curved balustrades, bridges and stairs that surrounds the nine pools giving it a impression that a flower is floating. The shining pure white marble, the majestic dome,the petals clearly standing out creates a sense of grandeur and awe.
In India Lotus signifies purity and peace and is a representation of the manifestation of God. The ambiance of the place and the scope of meditation inside the temple and the serene surrounding is very impressive. Lotus temple has no picture, statue or image. It is open for people of all religion. Its a spot of worship, unity and peace. Peoples of all religion can gather here and worship God without denominational restriction.
This monument has won praises in numerous architectural and engineering journals for its innovative designs and it has also received many prestigious awards.
Believe me if you will sit inside the prayer hall you will get peace of mind in no time and you will forget all your worries. In every visit I personally feel more and more enchanted. When ever you come to Delhi don’t forget to visit this place and I am sure it will have a unforgettable impression on you.