Lotus Temple


The architect of Lotus Temple Mr Fariborz Sabha received an award from International Federation for Art and Architecture, United States of America in the year 1987 for giving shape to the Lotus Temple in Delhi. And he rightfully deserves the same for constructing this unique monument that is a 20th century wonder.

The Lotus Temple situated in South Delhi is made of Sand, Marble, Cement and Dolomite. The temple basically represents Bahai faith, the founder of the same being Bahaullah. Completed in the year 1986, the temple is open to people belonging to all religion. And this is an ideal place to drown spiritually by spending long hours meditating.

Lotus has always been a symbol of Peace, Tranquility, Purity, Immortality and Love. This is one reason why this symbol of peace has been selected in the construction of the temple.

Architectural Brilliance Of Lotus Temple

It took 10 long years for Fariborz Sahba to complete the Lotus Temple in Delhi. As many as 800 Engineers, Artisans, Workers, and Technicians made their valuable contribution in completing the temple.

The structure comprises more than 20 Petals that are arranged in 3 Ranks. The petals are made of concrete cast and are wrapped in Marble. The arches offer the main support to the structure. There are pools on the outside where you will find reflections of the petals. These are basically the green leaves of the lotus petals.

During the course of the construction of the Lotus Temple, a lot of hardship had to be faced by the workers. This was mainly due to the fact that the 9 petals had to be built so close to each other, that there was little space left for working upon the adjacent structures. This was really challenging. And there were times when the workers had to work for 48 hours at a stretch to maintain the continuity of the structure.

There are 9 Entry Points in the temple that open directly into a central hall that can accommodate as many as 25,000 worshippers.

One of the significant features of the Lotus Temple is the precision with which the temple has been made without upsetting the Indian history and simultaneously making it an engineering masterpiece.

Important Facts About Lotus Temple, Delhi

  • Prayer services are held 4 times a day. The timings of the prayers are10 AM to 10.15 AM, 12PM to 12.15 PM, 3 PM to 3.15 PM and 5PM to 5.15PM
  • A 30-minute movie at the temple’s Information center will help you to know more about Bahai faith and teachings
  • Best time to visit during summer – April through September. In winter, you can visit during October to March
  • The timing changes from May onwards. So, you need to check the change in the time of worship.
  • The Lotus temple remains closed on Mondays.
  • You will be required to maintain silence inside the temple. As such you may have to keep our cell in silent mode prior to entering the central hall of worship.
  • The cost of building the Lotus Temple was Rs 10 million
  • Asia’s one and only Bahai Temple
  • The temple is devoid of deities. There are meditation halls where people of all religion can gather.

Reaching Bahai Lotus Temple

If you are planning to avail public transport, on reaching Nehru Place, you can take an auto rickshaw or walk down. The temple remains open from 9 AM to 7PM from Tuesday through Sunday during the summer season. During the winters, it remains open 9.30 AM to 5.30 PM.



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