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Bahai Lotus Temple

The Bahai House of Worship

Bahai Temple is located just opposite to the ancient Kalkaji Mandir, East of Nehru Place in South Delhi. The Bahai House of Worship, popularly known as the Lotus Temple, is one of the most visited edifices in India. The Lotus Temple in New Delhi is the sole Bahai House of Worship in the whole continent of Asia apart from the six others in Panama, Kampala, Illinois, Frankfurt, Sydney and West Samoa. These seven Bahai Houses of Worship are all world-famous for their architectural beauty and nine-sided design representing the manifestation of God. The Bahai Faith was established in India in the mid 19th century and today India is the largest national contingent of Bahai's in the world with more than 2 million members.

Covering an expanse of 26 Acres of land, The Lotus / Bahai Temple in Delhi was built between 1980 and 1986 at a cost of Rs 10 Million and was opened to public worship in December 1986. The temple is set among pools and gardens, which gives the impression of a floating half-open lotus flower surrounded by its outspread leaves. The Lotus, as seen from outside, has three sets of petals The petals are made of special concrete clad with white marble, extracted from the Mount Pentitikon mines in Greece.

Recognized as one of the masterpieces of twentieth-century architecture and winner of many prestigious International awards, the temple was designed by Fariburz Sabha, a Canadian citizen and a Bahai of Iranian descendants. More than 700 laborers and forty engineers were employed in its construction. They worked dedicatedly for 6 years to complete this stunning piece of architecture, which is considered one of the marvels of modern architecture. Fariburz Sabha designed the building in the shape of a Lotus because he wanted to reflect the multiculturalism and ancient traditions of India. The lotus flower, apart from being the national flower of India, also has very close associations with all the major religions of India, namely Hinduism, Buddhism, Zoroastrianism and Islam.

The Bahai House Of Worship is symbolic of the possibility of being spiritual and pure even in this materialistic world. The temple has a very large prayer hall where visitors of all faiths can meditate. The hall has no idols and no rituals and its daily public services include sections from the holy books of all religions. It is said about the Lotus Temple that "Architecturally, Artistically, Ethically, the edifice is a paragon of perfection" - a sentiment that is undoubtedly true. There is an Information Center at Lotus Temple that provides information on different facets of the Bahai Faith in the form of photographs, written texts and films.

Important Facts About The Red Fort

Name The Lotus Temple / Bahai House Of Worship
Location opposite the ancient Kalkaji Mandir, East of Nehru Place in South Delhi
Time To Visit Open on all days except Monday
Preferred Timings Summers 9:00 am to 7:00 pm
Winters 9:30 am to 5:30 pm
Admission Fee Free and open to all
Photography charges Permitted upon request
Parking Free
Nearest Railway Station Hazrat Nizamuddin Railway Station
Nearest Metro Station Kalkaji Mandir
Nearest International Airport Indira Gandhi Intenational Airport
Time Required For Sightseeing Approximately 1.5 hours
How To Reach Tourists can either take local buses from various points within the city to reach this temple located in South Delhi, or they can take auto-rickshaws and taxis or metro rail.

Events At Lotus Temple

There are four Prayer Sessions everyday at the temple. These Prayer Sessions are unique, as prayers from all religions are recited during these Prayer Sessions. Prayer Session Timings: 1000 hrs - 1015 hrs (15 minutes), 1200 hrs - 1215 hrs (15 minutes), 1500 hrs - 1515 hrs (15 minutes), 1700 hrs - 1715 hrs (15 minutes).

Tourist Attractions Near Lotus Temple

The Important Tourist Attractions such as Kalkaji Temple, Khirki Masjid, Satpula, Nizamuddin's Shrine and Chirag Dehlvi's Dargah are located near to the Lotus Temple.

Famous Places To Eat Close To The Bahai Temple

Some Of the famous places to eat which are located at close proximity to The Bahai Temple are Hotel Park Royal, Karim's, Supper Factory and Salims in Kailash Colony Market, McDonald's and cosmopolitan eateries in Greater Kailash-1 Market, there are many good food joints in Nehru Place including Nathu's and Domino's Pizza, and many good restaurants in Kalkaji Market, Greater Kailash Market and C. R. Park Market.

Shopping Venues Near Lotus Temple

Nehru Place (electronic items), Kalkaji Market & C R Park Market (Residential Markets) and Greater Kailash Market (Garments, Cosmetics, Curios) are the famous shopping venues that comes into the mind of tourists who are visiting the Lotus Temple

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Last Updated On: 2011/07/04

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shreya

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Posted on 2011-12-27thank u 4 d information............!