Bahá'í Holy Writings say, "There
is one God; mankind is one; the
of religion are one. ....the purpose of places of worship and edifices for
adoration is simply that of unity, in order that various nations, divergent
races, varying souls, may gather there and among them amity, love and accord
may be realized."
Based on the above writings, the Lotus Temple or the Bahai Temple is raised
in the heart of New Delhi, the capital of India, the newest architectural
marvel of the Bahai faith. Shaped like a half opened Lotus flower in a
tranquil environment, this temple is open to all faiths and is an ideal
place for meditation and obtaining peace.
Since the time of its dedication to public worship in December 1986, the
architectural magnificence of Lotus Temple has revolutionised the concept of
worship. With the dawning of every new day, visitors zooms at its doorsteps
to relish its beauty and enjoy in its peaceful & spiritual atmosphere.
Lotus Temple is one of the most visited monuments in India. Its soothingly
quiet Prayer Hall and tranquil surroundings have touched the hearts of the
Temple's numerous visitors. Lotus Temple is the symbol of spirituality and a
principle of oneness - of God, religion, and mankind. The lotus shape of the
temple is an evocative symbol of beauty and purity, representative of
divinity. The temple, however, occupies a unique position, providing a
unifying link between God & Man. Contrary to the fragmentation of the
Almighty into numerous Gods & Goddesses, the Lotus Temple with its total
absence of idols, encourages the unification of innumerable gods and
goddesses, the Supreme Reality. The Indian reverence of the omnipresence of
The Almighty is demonstrated at every step leading to the Prayer Hall. The
universal ethic of faith & love envelopes all.
The Lotus Temple provides one of the remarkable fusion of ancient concept
and modern engineering skill, making it an inspiration and the focus of
attention amongst engineers and architects worldwide. In World Architecture
1900-2000: A Critical Mosaic, Volume 8, South Asia, the Lotus Temple appears
as one of the 100 canonical works of this century.
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How To Reach Lotus Temple
Lotus Temple is accessible from all the major parts of India, as it is
located in the capital of India, New Delhi.