Lotus Temple, New Delhi , New Delhi
About Lotus Temple, New Delhi
Also known as the Baháí Mashriqu'l-Adhkar, the Lotus temple is a modern architectural wonder based on the Sydney Opera House. Set in white marble among pleasant gardens, the Baha'i Temple is near Nehru place in south New Delhi. It is the only Bahai temple in Asia and has no Idols of any God or deity. It however has a prayer hall for meditation. One must not miss the unique 2 hour prayer sessions that talk about teachings from all religions and faiths. It is located in Kalkaji, South Delhi, and the best hour to visit is in the early evening because of the shimmering light effect on the Lotus shaped structure of the temple. It takes approximately an hour to explore, and is open from 9 am to 7.30 pm in summers, and 9.30am to 5.30pm in winters, on all days except Monday.
The Temple is known for lush gardens and pools along with its structure, but what is the most fascinating part about the temple is its secular outlook for accepting every religion for a single goal of Liberation.
In a world where conflict between religions unfortunately still occurs, the Lotus Temple welcomes those from all faiths to come and worship here. In doing so, it shows the oneness of all religions; the common goals of love, tolerance and personal development and goodness.