The lotus shaped house of worship is one of the major attractions in Delhi
. Built during the later half of the 20th century, it is a mecca for visitors traveling from all across the world. Lotus Temple Delhi represent an independent area of religious, caste and community. Unlike the other Temples in the globe
, the lotus Temple Delhi
holds no idol of God or Goddesses. The Bahai faith sparkles in every minute space of the Temple and compel millions to make a queue to offer prayer.
Lotus Temple in Delhi is a tribute to Bahaullah, who is believed to have been the Messengers of God. According to the dominating Bahai faith- Humanity is the only race which comes from the unification of one global society. In short break down the traditional barriers and give birth to the universal civilization. Besides, Hindu devotees believe that the Temple represent the creator Brahma and as such the shape of the shrine is a clear manifestation of the sacred flower- Lotus
Architecture of Lotus Temple Delhi
The marvelous architecture of lotus Temple Delhi is the creative effort of Fariborz Sahba, Canadian architect of Iranian origin. Its construction was started in 7th April 1980 and was completed in 1986
. The flowery presentation of the Temple is composed of three ranks of white petals, each blooming from a podium erecting the house above the surrounding plains. The first two ranks is curved inwardly thereby embracing the inner dome and the third layer is curved outward forming canopies over the nine entrances. The petals are constructed in white marble and dolomite. They are patterned in the fine geometric shape and size. The nine arches supports the central hall, the image of which glorifies in the clear water on the surrounding pool.
Relevant Information on Lotus Temple
Prayer sessions in lotus Temple
is conducted four times a day. The 15 - minutes prayer starts at morning on 10:00 am, and with regular interval ends up at evening on 5:00 pm. A visit inside the Bhai Temple is open to all and no entry fee is charged. Visiting hours during summer season lies between 9:00 am to 7:00 pm, while in winter season, the main gate get shut by 5:30 pm. Visitors are suggested to visit the Temple during early hours from Tuesday to Sunday. Other relevant information about the lotus Temple Delhi is available at the information center within the Temple premises.
Tourist attraction close to Lotus Temple
Nearby attractions of note are ISKCON Temple
, Kalkaji Mandir and Tughlaqabad Fort.
How to reach Lotus Temple Delhi India
The capital city of India
is connected to the other neighboring states and countries via air, road and rail. After reaching Delhi
via different means of transportation, opt for tourist buses, auto-rickshaw and easy cab to reach the Lotus Temple
Another option is to reach Sarai Kale Khan Bus Stand( Nizamuddin Railway Station), from where you can manage seat in local buses (Bus No.492) to Nehru Place. A few minute walk or a travel by rickshaw from the bus stand will help you explore the Lotus Temple