Lotus Temple of Delhi
Nehru Place, New Delhi, India
in a quiet stretch amidst the busiest streets of the Indian capital is the
distinctively unique and fascinatingly beautiful lotus-shaped insignia of
the Bahai faith - the Lotus Temple. Built in 1986 by Bahá'u'lláh,
this Bahai House of Worship, draws into its sanctum sanctorum people from
across the globe irrespective of creed and community.
The Bahai Faith
What distinguishes the Bahai faith from the legion of other religious
adherences, is its raw faith minus the pomp and show, priests and sermons.
Theirs is an ensemble of all holy writings in the world and they provide
refuge to all humanity, no matter what caste, color or religion. Believers
join hands to the Lord in complete quietude. Even when they sing, it is only
the human voice that resonates in the dome-shaped temple interiors, no
instruments accompany. There are about seven Bahai temples across the world
surviving the lineage of peace and harmony amidst a chaotic world shedding
blood and tears even in the name of one's faith.
The Bahai temples share certain architectural elements like the nine-sided,
surmounted by a dome and a single undivided room under it. The white marbled
Bahai temple, here, looks like a lotus in half bloom with 27 massive petals
that lie at the confluence of nine pathways and pools all mirroring the
Bahai beliefs that there are nine ways to reach God. The very structure and
its interiors inspire faith and tranquility. Visitors sit and meditate for
hours in complete silence.
Be it the aura emanating from the elegant structure or the munificence of
their faith, the Bahai abode of worship is synonymous with peace and
serenity, of a kind, hitherto unknown in the bustling capital.
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It is the official
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A food plaza cum craft bazaar and a
confluence of the entire nation in one complex. Be it the sumptuous
delicacies of the defferent states of India or their handicraft, it
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Delhi has both domestic and international airports with excellent
connectivity, being the Indian capital. Same goes for roads and railways.
The Lotus temple is towards South Delhi and it takes about 45 min to reach
Kalkaji from the New Delhi railway station.