Known for its amazing architecture, the Lotus temple which opened from the year 1986 is a place worthwhile to visit. It is a Bahai house of worship and like all other Bahai mode of worship it is open to each and every pilgrim irrespective of their specific religious orientation. The Lotus temple is a famous Bahai House of worship and also Mashrikal Adhkar temple. Though known as the ‘Taj Mahal” of 20th century the temple is much more than a stunning example of great architecture. According to a report published by CNN in 2001 this place is the most visited place in the country.
History of Lotus Temple
This temple is built out of pure white marble. The architect Fariborz Shabha chose the lotus as the dominant symbol for the place. Lotus a symbol for peace and immortality. And also various religions like Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Islam use the symbol of Lotus flower. Not only the holy scriptures of the Bahai Faith but also those of other religions can be read and/or chanted inside the House of Worship regardless of language.
Significance of Lotus Temple
There are stamps of the Lotus temple, books and musical pieces created to depict its splendid architecture.
Unlike other temples, this place holds no idols as such but it’s Lotus like shape and tranquil ambience is what visitors crave for.
There are 9 sides of the temple formed by 27 marble petals arranged in groups of three. Also, the height of the temple is 40m. Ponds and gardens welcome visitors at the entrance. It covers an area of 26 acres.
It follows the path of the Bahai faith that is oneness in God, oneness in religion and oneness of mankind. No ritualistic ceremony can be performed inside the temple. Neither can anyone deliver any sermons. But one can chant or read scripture of Bahai Faith in any language you prefer.
There is an audio-visual room and library within the temple complex where one can get access to Bahai books of Faith.
Timings of visit at Lotus Temple
During summer the temple opens from 9 am and remains open till 7 pm.
During the winter season the temple opens from 9:30 am and closes by 5:30 pm in the evening.
It remains open from Tuesdays to Sundays. On Mondays it remains closed.
There is 15 minutes prayer session at regular intervals everyday at the temple.
How to reach Lotus Temple
By air : Indira Gandhi International Airport is at 23km southwest of Central Delhi and the domestic terminal at Palam is 5km away from the international terminal. Delhi being a major gateway for Northern India regular flights are abundant here
By rail: there are two major railway stations in New Delhi and Old Delhi. New Delhi station is within walking distance of Connaught Place and Main Delhi station is about 7km from Connaught Place. Delhi also offers Express trains to all parts of the country.
By road: Buses from all the major places in Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan are also available for getting to Delhi.
Hotels nearby Lotus Temple
Fab Hotel Conclave Inn Nehru Place 3-star hotel Fab Hotel Conclave Inn Nehru Place R-30, Nehru Enclave, Nehru Place, is a great place to check in. It is only 4 km away from the temple.
Hotel Stallions at B-14 East of Kailash is another place to check in. Luxurious accommodation suited with great amenities is the main attractions here.
Fab Hotel Anutham Nehru Place is a 3-star boutique hotel. It is a unique blend of fine hospitality and soothing ambiance. This hotel is known to provide a choice of essential amenities required for a relaxing stay.
Places nearby Lotus Temple
The Kailash Shiv Mandir, New delhi is a perfect destination for tourists.
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Kalkaji temple is the abode of Kali Ma. People also believe that wishes come true at this temple.
Iskcon temple is a place of worship for the followers of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness popular the Hare Krishna movement. Further, ISKCON aims to spread far and wide the practice of Bhakti Yoga.