’Lotus Temple’ is the ‘Bahai House of Worship’ and also called as ‘Bahai Temple’. It is located on the ‘Baharpur Hills’ near ‘Kalkaji’ in South Delhi. It is one of the most picturesque temples of India which ranks seventh in the world in the chain of Bahai Temples. ‘Fariborz Sahba’, an Iranian architect designed it in a shape of half opened lotus. Lotus is Indian national flower as well as a symbol of ‘Peace and Serenity’ as per ‘Hinduism’. The fantabulous structure of temple has 27 self-supporting clad petals arranged in group of three to form nice faces. Temple has nine doors that lead to central hall and has nine ponds also encircling the temple. As per Bahai faith, number nine is considered sacred because there are nine major religions in the world.
Temple has been built on a raised platform giving it a magnificent marble structure. Due to its magnificence it is also called as ‘Taj of Modern India’. Following the Bahai faith, temple is open for all the religions. Meditations are practiced in the central hall in peaceful manner. Visitors are required to put their shoes out and meditate in silence. Actually, Bahai people follow the philosophy of religion free world therefore any particular religious rituals or presentations are strictly prohibited.
Temple has been situated in the mid of 26 acre land complex of lush green park. The beauty of lush Green Park and temple architecture attracts huge public every day. It is one of the most visited sites in Delhi tourism. It reminds of ‘Opera House’ situated in ‘Sydney’ because of petal similarities.
Timing: 9 AM – 6PM (All days except Monday), Nearest Metro Station: Kalkaji, Entry Fee: No Fee
Few glimpses of Lotus Temple…..
A marvellous view from the outside of entry gate.
A close-up shot with sun and clouds hiding behind the temple.
Pond in the lower section of the temple. There are nine ponds in total surrounding the monument.
A diagonal view.
People relaxing on the verge of ponds.
Upper section of the temple through which central hall can be accessed. Photography is not allowed in central hall therefore no pictures of central hall posted in this article.
Lotus Temple receives huge number of visitors every day.
View from ‘Iskcon’ temple which is on the rear side of Lotus Temple.
Pigeons flying over the temple adding more beauty to this itinerary.
Apart from its Bahai faiths, it is a perfect place for doing a small outing especially in the evening time. Evening offers a beautiful view of sunset.
Exploration needs only couple of hours therefore one must visit even if getting a slightest chance on passing through this route.