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LOTUS TEMPLE DELHI

Location : Kalkaji in South Delhi
Original Name : Baháí Mashriqu'l-Adhkar
Designed By : Architect Fariburz Sabha
Major Attraction : Lotus Shaped Temple Structure

Blended Into The Symbol of Love - The Eternal Chaste Lotus


The architecture of Lotus temple in Delhi was based on the design of Sydney Opera house. Also called Bahai temple the Lotus temple is the latest addition to the list of famous Delhi attractions. Once here you will surely enjoy wandering amidst the lush manicured gardens that also provides a great option for photography with the chaste Bahai temple of worship at the backdrop.



Lotus Temple
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FACT FILE
Built In : Built During 1980 - 1986 Costing Rs 10 Million.
Structure : Half Floating Lotus Set Amidst Pools and Garden. The Petals Made of White Marbles.
Famous As : One of the Marvels of Modern Architecture.
Visiting Hours : On all days except Monday.
Summer Timings - 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Winter Timings - 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Time Required : App. 1 hours.
Fact : It is the Only Bahai Temple of Worship in Asia. Masterpieces of the 20th Century and Winner of International Prestigious Awards.
Uniqueness : This Temple has no Idols of any Deity and God. Has a Prayers Hall for Meditation for Faith of all Religions.
Don't Miss : Unique Prayer Sessions that Recite Teachings From All the Religions. Approximately 2 hours.
Prayer Timings : 1000 hrs - 1015 hrs , 1200 hrs - 1215 hrs, 1500 hrs - 1515 hrs, 1700 hrs - 1715 hrs.
Must Visit : The Information Center Providing Information on Facets of Bahai Faith in form of Photographs, Written Texts and Film.
Visiting Around : Nehru Place - Electronic Items, Kalkaji Temple and C R Park Market (Residential Markets), Greater Kailash-1 Market (Garments, Cosmetics, Curios).
Inside Tip : For the Exotic View Visit During Evening Hours as Lotus Temple Glitters Like Diamond. Evening is the Best Time to Visit.

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I cannot believe it ! It is God's work..

-- Dizzy Gillespie, the late renowned Baha'i Jazz musician

Long before you savour the spiritual aroma of this peerless architecture, you will see a white chaste lotus soaring high from amidst the lush hills of Kalkaji in New Delhi. Lying to the east of Hauz Khas is the last of seven major Bahai temples build all over the world, the famous Bahá'í Mashriqu'l-Adhkar or Lotus Temple, as it is commonly known. The lotus-shaped shrine, since its arousal as a spiritual haven in December 1986, has carved itself on the consciousness of the city's inhabitants, awning their imagination, fuelling their curiosity, and remodelling the definition of worship. Designed by architect Fariburz Sabha, the serene temple nestles amid a picturesque backdrop adorned with emerald pools and lush manicured gardens, that soothe every thirsty soul. With the onset of every new day, a humoungous tide of visitors crowd to its doorsteps to behold its beauty and blend in its serenely spiritual atmosphere. Come, experience yourself...

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Hail To Thy Hands That Created Such Magic

The lotus shape of this architectural marvel signifies secularity of all faith and creeds, a collective dream of all religion. Walk on the cobbled pathway towards the opulent edifice, and believe us, you will be overwhelmed with each step you take towards the melting pot of all religions. Twentieth-century architecture has been characterised by a high degree of technological prowess; by and large, peerless in aesthetic value. Chuck a gaze towards the 35 m high petals made of special Korean concrete (later clad with white marble) which had to be cooled at the right temperature, so during the summer, the concrete was mixed with ice! Amazing idea, isn't it? To everybody's curiosity, the structure seems to floa on nine shimmering pools of water, which also cool the building.

When inside, look upwards to see the intricate interlocking ribs of the petals, creating a heavenly mesh above your head. The aura of silence surrounding the Prayer Hall instills reverence. Some are moved by what they termed as 'eloquent silence'; others say that the 'divine atmosphere' floating inside touch the hearts. No doubt, all are affected in various degrees by the peace and beauty of the sanctum sanctorum. However, the most exceptional feature that captivates every tourist is the absence of any deity. Indian visitors, from the most urbane to the simplest rural folk, expresses perplexity about this anomaly that defines the all-pervasive nature of the Creator. Plan a visit in the evening when the whole precinct glitters like a diamond, evoking illuminance in the blessed direction of humanity. The whole ambience pulsates with the sweet glaze of floodlights thereby amazing the viewers with unimaginable vistas strewned around.

How To Reach

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The Amazing Architecture of Lotus Temple

The temple is situated to the east of the intersection of Mathura Road (the way to Agra) and the outer Ring Road. Tourists can reach upto Nehru Place (the bus terminal is well connected to every part of the city), from where one can take an auto-rickshaw or walk for 15 minutes. The temple is open to visitors from Tuesday to Sunday (9 am to 7 pm) during summers and 9:30 am to 5:30 pm during the winters. 15 minute services are held at 10 am, noon, 3 pm and 5 pm, and you are welcome to sit in on these. Attendants make sure there is no talking inside the building, just a reverential atmosphere of prayer should preside.









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Beyond Piety...About Beauty
Don't miss to see the ambrosial opera-house-of-Sydney like structure soaring high from behind the lush green Kalkaji Hill. Designed by architect Fariburz Sabha, the serene Lotus Temple nestles amid a picturesque backdrop adorned with emerald pools and lush manicured gardens, that soothe every thirsty soul irrespective of caste, creed and belief.


Towards A Secular Goal
Without concentrating on a particular religion, the sacred hall extends its hands to touch every religious soul. Leaving behind the bars of caste, creed and beliefs, every devotional heart gets a spiritual relaxation here.


About The Architecture
Twentieth-century architecture has been characterised by a high degree of technological prowess; by and large, peerless in aesthetic value. The 35 m high petals made of special Korean concrete (later clad with white marble) which had to be cooled at the right temperature, so during the summer, the concrete was mixed with ice!


A Prayer In Silence
The silence that prevails in the Prayer Hall instills a different experience. Some are moved by what they termed as 'eloquent silence'; others say that the 'divine atmosphere' floating inside touch the hearts. No doubt, all are affected in various degrees by the peace and beauty of the sanctum sanctorum.


Catch Yourself In Cams
The picturesque Lotus Temple offers fascinating photographic options with the emerald pools, the lush manicured greens and above all the exquisite temple creating a perfect backdrop.


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