We all must have been to temple/church/mosque or gurdwara at least once in our lifetimes. However, there is one place in India which brings all religions together under one roof, the Bahai temple! Many of us will wonder of the name “Bahai” and what is this temple about? So let me help you…  You have heard of this temple but probably with a different name. I am talking about the famous Lotus temple located at Shambhu Dayal Bagh, Bahapur- New Delhi.

As the name itself indicates, this temple has a shape of Lotus and looks similar to Opera House in Sydney, Australia. Statistics say that this temple is one of the major tourist destinations in Delhi where people from all over the world come to just see the commendable architecture of this place and to experience the spirituality.

The whole temple is made up of white concrete and looks fabulous with its bloomed petals. The popularity of this temple among national and international tourist lies due to the Bahai Law which welcomes people from any religion to mediate or chant the scriptures from Geeta, Kuran, Bible or Gurubani. The only restriction is to play any kind instrumental music or give sermons or hold religious ceremonies inside the hall.

How to get in:

This temple is located at the Lotus Temple Rd, New Delhi.

It has its own parking (25/- fee) otherwise entry is free to the temple.

Opening timings are 9.00 am – to 5.00 pm in winters otherwise it is open from 9.00 am till 7.00 pm.

It is open all days of week except on Monday.

The premise of the temple is covered with huge garden with Lotus temple being the farthest point. The whole area is spread into 26 acres which is quite good for any person who wants to digest the signature style food of Delhi loaded with lot of Ghee and Makhhan!!

There are total of 9 ponds surrounding the temple and the aqua green water adds up more beauty to the place. The temple was built in 1986 by an Iranian architecture named Fariborz Sahba. The architecture is inspired by the white lotus flower which is considered as a symbol of purity in Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Islam. It is composed of 27 free standing cladded petals arranged in cluster to form nine sides. All nine doors open on to a central hall which is capable of holding up to 2,500 people at a time.

The moment I entered the temple I felt the positive vibes of the place. The central dome is high up above and the interior parts are complex yet look superb. The special arrangements have been made for the light to come in, while surrounding pools help to regulate the temperature of the hall.  No hush no loud sounds. I saw many people mediating there while new visitors were examining the building and then making themselves rest on the chairs and experiencing the peace. The crux of the this temple is “No shrine or statue of any god, it is just inner you connecting  to the peace in a pristine way.”

This place truly stands for Bahai Faith principle which talks about oneness of mankind, common foundation of all religion, independent investigation of truth, the essential harmony of Science and religion, equality of men and women, elimination of prejudice of all kinds, universal compulsory education and Universal peace.  The credit goes to three central figures the Bab, Baha u’lah and Abdu’l-Baha, who laid down these principles on the humanity grounds.

Some facts about Lotus temple:

  • Lotus temple in Delhi is the latest one and stands as 7th Bahai house of worship other six worship houses being in other continents which include USA, Australia, Uganda, Germany, Panama and Samoa, the 8th one is being built in Chile
  • After the temple was open to public in 1986 till 2002, it is believed that more than 50 million visitors have been to this place making it one of most visited buildings in the world.
  • Many awards and recognition have been given to the architecture of this temple.
  • The lotus temple looks more gorgeous at night due to lighting effects however you need to choose your visit time wisely as the hall entry is closed by evening depending upon season.
  • Photos are not allowed inside and it is advised to wear full clothes to get entry to the temple.