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Lotus temple

The Lotus Temple was built in 1986 and is a Baha’i House of Worship. Founded in Persia by Bahá'u'lláh in the 19th century, the core principles of the Baha’i are; the unity of God, the unity of religions and the unity of humanity. Therefore, all Baha’i houses of worship are open to people of all religions, nations and races.

While the Lotus Temple shares certain similarities with other Baha’i temples, such as a 9 sided circular shape, its design was inspired by the form of a lotus flower. 27 free standing marble ‘lotus petals’ are arranged in clusters of three to form 9 sides, the lowest petals lying wide open and the topmost petals coming together to form a dome on the roof. The temple can be entered through 9 doors which lead into a central hall around 40 metres tall. No pictures, images, statues, altars or pulpits are present, forbidden by Baha’i principles. Readings are held behind simple moveable lecture stands. Only holy scriptures may be read inside the temple, and while singing is permitted, musical instruments are not. Sermons and rituals are also not held here.

Attracting over 8000-10,000 visitors a day and over 50 million since its construction, the Lotus Temple is one of the most visited buildings in the world. The beauty of its design, which is simple and complex at the same time, and the atmosphere of serenity and acceptance both in and around the temple make it easy to see why it is so popular. Designed by the Iranian architect Fariborz Sahba, the Lotus Temple has won a number of awards and has featured in a number of articles, books and songs and has had a stamp dedicated to it.

 

The Lotus Temple can be found in New Delhi, in Bahapur, Kalkaji.

 


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