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Lotus Temple: The 7th Bahai Temple of the World

By: Akshatha

Delhi is known for its historical sites and buildings. Many architectural wonders are situated in the city. Among them, this white beauty called Lotus Temple is a major attraction.

Lotus Temple in Delhi was built by an Iranian architect, Fariborz Sahba and funded by Ardishir Rustampur of Sindh.

It is a 'Bahai House of Worship', meaning it is a temple which follows Bahai religion. Bahai is a Persian religion founded by Baha'u'llah in 19th C, on the principle of the spiritual unity of mankind.

Bahai faith says, there is only one God who creates the mankind and that all religions have come from a same spiritual entity. Basically, it believes in 'Unity of all Religions'.

Lotus Temple is one of the most famous tourist places in Delhi. It is the last of 7 Bahai Temples in the world. The design is inspired and built like a lotus flower; it has 27 marble-clad 'petals' and nine ponds on nine sides.

Records indicate that, it has attracted 70 million visitors till 2001; which breaks the records of the Eiffel Tower in Paris and the Taj Mahal.

Any people belonging to any religion can visit Lotus Temple and also pray inside. However, any loud music or idol worship is not allowed inside. People have to sit and meditate in this hall.

The magnificent Lotus Temple is a jewel in the Delhi's crown of buildings. Thus, it is one of the most popular places in New Delhi!

Lotus Temple

Lotus Temple

The temple is shaped like a lotus flower with 27 marble petals; arranged in 3 clusters, forming 9 sides.
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Information Centre

Information Centre

The Information Centre gives details on the history and construction of the Lotus Temple. Also, information about Bahai religion and its principles.
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The Ceiling of the Central Dome

The Ceiling of the Central Dome

There is a dome in the centre, which is externally covered by the marble petals. This is an interior view of the ceiling of the dome.
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Gardens of Lotus Temple

Gardens of Lotus Temple

A part of temple construction fund was saved, to build a greenhouse, for the experimentation of plants needed to grow in this site.
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A Miniature Model of the Lotus Temple

A Miniature Model of the Lotus Temple

Miniature Model displayed at the Information Centre.
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Lotus Temple Lit Up in the Evening

Lotus Temple Lit Up in the Evening

Illuminating Engineering Society of North America awarded the 'Paul Waterbury Outdoor Lighting Design Award' for the Lotus Temple.
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Pictorial Displays Outside the Information Centre

Pictorial Displays Outside the Information Centre

It is not allowed to put any pictures inside the temple, Bahai Faith prohibits any such exhibition of images.
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A Pond of the Lotus Temple

A Pond of the Lotus Temple

There are nine ponds on the nine sides of the Lotus Temple.
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