Lotus Temple

Lotus Temple
Vital Information for Visitors
Address:

Lotus Temple Rd, Shambhu Dayal Bagh, Bahapur, Kalkaji, New Delhi - 110019

Open & Close:

Open on all days : From 09:00 AM to 07:00 PM (Summers & Monsoon) & From 09:00 AM to 05:00 PM (Winters)

Entry Fees:

No Entry Fee

Duration:

Approx 2 Hours

One of the many wonders of India is, without doubt, the Lotus Temple. Also known as the Bahai Temple, or the Bahai Shrine, the minaret of Bahapur located in the capital region reflects the importance of religion in India. Designed by renowned architect Fariborz Sahba once, this magnificent building was completed in 1986. Since then, it has been a humble house of worship for people from around the world, regardless of all religious beliefs.

The Lotus Temple, as the name suggests, is constructed in the shape of a partially open lotus, surrounded by its leaves, which seems almost floating on the water. The lotus shaped dome is surrounded by more than 9 clear pools of water, symbolizing the floating leaves of lotus, and lush green gardens. The 27 autonomous petals arranged in groups of three, form nine sides of the temple. This great monument boasts of an architecture made entirely of marble and attracts thousands of tourists daily since its construction in 1986. No picture, statue, illustration, pulpit and altar is present inside the temple.

The Lotus Temple, for the Baha'i Faith, is open to all regardless of religion and without distinction. The temple does not allow play or sing any scripture in the central hall. Idol worship, sermons and rituals are strictly prohibited inside the premises.

In addition to being the national flower of India, the lotus is associated with various special beliefs and convictions across the country. Indeed, the Lotus is the universal symbol of divine birth and purity. Thus, the Lotus Temple symbolizes the glorious culture of India, consistent with the Baha'i faith, which ardently believes in the unity of religions.

During your stay in Delhi, do not forget to visit the temple at least once. Since becoming public, the Lotus Temple has attracted hundreds of millions of tourists, making it one of the most visited places in the world with daily between 8,000 and 10,000 visitors, doubling the figures on the days of Hindu festival and holidays.

The religious belief, practices and ethos can be found very often in the architecture of India, in the most clear and distinct manner. And the Lotus Temple reflects this fact. With its opulence and its divine beauty, the Lotus Temple is also a great place to make a spiritual retreat.

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