A temple structured in the shape of a white lotus, placed in the heart of Delhi, the capital city of India is an architectural and religious monument with historical importance, which beckons thousands of visitors daily. It’s not only the construction but the Bahá’í Houses of Worship. Irrespective of religious barriers, the presence of Bahai followers makes it a prominent attraction in the city. The virtual tour of Lotus temple Delhi helps us to explore the place before we reach there.
The Lotus Temple is known as the mother of Indian temples and also known as the Bahai temple. Another important fact about this flowerlike structure is that it is one of the most visited monuments in India.
It was constructed in the year 1986 and it is one of the youngest temples in India with the highest number of visitors. The temple has attracted over 51 million people so far. The Bahai’s believes in religionless and cast less society, the temple is opened up to all.
Lotus temple was designed by Persian architect Fariborz Sahba who was presented the award for excellence in religious art and architecture by the UK-based Institution of Structural Engineers for the Temple. He completed the design of the temple in 1976 and took 10 years more to complete the physical structure.
According to the Bahai tradition, it is the seventh place of Bahai worship and is dedicated to the unity of God. We can’t see any image or idol inside the temple representing any religion except the copies of the Holy Scriptures. Now, Lotus Temple is a symbol of solitude and serenity of Indian society.
To the people of India, the lotus flower signifies purity and peace, a representation of the expression of God. Lotus flower is so respected in Indian mythology and cultures that its translation into the design of a temple has caught the attention of the people at large.