Place of Worship of Bahai’ ideology; designed in Iranian – Canadian architectural design in the year 1986, its one of the most beautiful places to see! Styled in the form of a Lotus Flower, it has got beautifully worked out 27 Lotus Petals made out of pure white marble! And one can easily see the beauty of these petals from a distance! A worthwhile place for meditation, it’s open to people of all cast and creed and makes no discrimination amongst them. Made with the thought of spreading peace all over the world; it resonates so in every sense!
Inspired by Bahai’ scriptures, the monument contains no images or pictures of any God! As per Bahai’ ideology, the House of Worship should be a gathering place where people of any religion can worship God without any restrictions. So, there are no choirs, no musical instruments and no religious sermons delivered. One can simply sit in peace and meditate to their heart.
The design of the House of Worship is a nine – sided circular shape with a central hall which can house 2,500 people at a time. The Central Hall is slightly more than 40 – meters tall. What is explicit to see here is the White Marble which is used in making this Temple. It is the same marble from Peneteli Mountain in Greece which has been used to construct other Bahai’ Temples around the world! In total there are 9 surrounding ponds and gardens, making the entire area a huge one!
Inside the Temple itself, there is an attached visitor centre, which describes the ideology of Bahai’ faith! One is free to either listen to it or just sit inside the temple for few moments of peace.
Various shades of Lotus Temple can be seen at different times of day and night. A NUMBER OF AWARDS HAVE BEEN AWARDED TO THIS BEAUTIFUL STRUCTURE like Global Academy Award 2000, Illuminating Engineering Society of North America – 1988 and other such architectural, fine art and religious awards! Designed by Persian Architect Fariborz Sahba, it’s definitely an awe to look at!
Open : 09:00 a.m. – 07:00 p.m.
Close : All Mondays throughout the year
Entry Fees : Nil
Nearest Metro Station : Kalkaji Mandir Metro Station (Violet Line)
Ho Ho Bus Route : Included
Photography : Strictly Prohibited
Travellers Advice : One needs to open his/her shoes before entering the Temple Campus, so do it before you enter the pious place. Silence has to be maintained all the time and if at all one needs to talk, maintain a low voice. If you have kids below 12 years with you, try to engage them with visuals and other such things. Food is not sold inside the campus of Lotus Temple, so keep some snacks in your handbag if kids are there.