Lotus Temple or Baha’I House of Worship
Introduction: Between the metro run from Moolchand to Kailash colony short scenery of a beautiful lotus shaped building can be seen. This masterpiece is Lotus Temple or known as the Baha’I House of worship exactly located near Kalkaji mandir. The entire world has only seven Baha’I houses of worship, and this is the only one in Asia. On an average, 8,500 people visit this temple every day. As the name describes itself “Lotus temple” looks like a half opened lotus flower that is about to bloom with 27 freestanding petals. Temple is surrounded by nine water pools which light up in natural light. The doors of the temple are more than 40 meters tall. Central hall is capable of holding up to 2,500 people. The structure is made of white marble from Penteli mountain of Greece and has no images or idols. It is the first temple in Delhi which uses solar power and save more than 100,000 rupees per month. Also it is one of the most visited sacred edifices in the world and also one of the top ten monuments of India. Lotus temple acts as the Mother Temple of the Indian subcontinent and has become a leading attraction in the city.
History: This beautiful structure in built by Persian architect Fariborz Sahba from Canada. It was inaugurated to public worship in December 1986. Construction of this structure took 10 years to complete with a total cost $10 million. There were 800 people who have worked in construction, including engineers, technicians, and workers. Lotus is a symbol of love and purity this was the reason why the design of Lotus temple has been inspired by lotus flower.
Open: Tuesday to Sunday
Timings: 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM
Address: Shambhu Dayal Bagh, Bahapur, Delhi-110019
Nearest metro station: Kalkaji Mandir
Celebrations: November 12, Birthday of Prophet Bahaullah, Baha’I New Year (March 21st)
Markets: Nehru place
Contact no.: 011-26444029