|Opening Times||:||9am-5:30pm in Winter/ 9am-7pm in Summer|
|Entry Price||:||Free Entry |
Cameras are allowed in the general grounds, but you can’t use them near the temple or inside.
|Location||:||Lotus Temple Rd, Bahapur, Shambhu Dayal Bagh, Kalkaji, New Delhi, Delhi 110019|
|Nearest Metro||:||Nehru Place|
Since its opening in 1986, this lotus shaped temple (see where it gets its name?), formed of 27 free standing concrete petals, has drawn in over 100 million visitors.
Its popularity has stemmed from not only its unique architecture but also from the Baha’is creed that Baha’i places of worship should be open to all. Anyone from any faith can gain entry in order to worship whatever deity or being that they wish.
Any member of a faith can recite or chant verses and prayers from scripture, but ritualistic ceremonies are not allowed, and no music can be played.
The architecture of the temple is guided by scripture of this 200-year-old religion: it has 9 sides to its shape and whilst not mandated, all Baha’I houses of worship have a dome. No images, statues or writings appear on the inside, leaving the space open for seating for over 2000 people.
There is a large information centre on the grounds, built in part because not many people understood the faith. It also showcases projects from around the world that the Baha’i have completed or are undertaking.
When we went the information centre was closed. The gardens were also all chained off, so we couldn’t get a better look at the temple from another angle.
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