Lotus Temple, Delhi

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Lotus Temple, Delhi : Situated in East of Nehru Place, New Delhi, this beautiful lotus flower shaped temple is one of the seven major Bahai's temples built around the world. Completed in1986, this temple is set among the lush green landscaped gardens. The Lotus Temple, located in Delhi, India, is a Bahai House of Worship and serves as the Mother Temple of the Indian subcontinent. The architectural significance and its concept of serving all religion have contributed it to becoming a prominent attraction in the city. Like all Bahai Houses of Worship, the Lotus Temple is open for every religion. Architectural significance The surface of this temple is made of white marble from Penteli Mountain in Greece. The building features 27 free-standing marble-clad "petals" arranged in clusters of three to form nine sides with nine doors opening onto a central hall. The central hall has a height of approx. 40 metres. Around the petals there are nine pools of water which light up in natural light. Because of this marvellous architecture, the temple has won numerous awards and been featured in various leading newspapers and featured articles. It grabs millions of visitors every year and thus declared as the most visited building in the world. Touism & Awads • The Bahai House of Worship in Delhi was inaugurated to public worship in December 1986. By late 2001, it had attracted more than 70 million visitors and achieved a milestone of becoming as one of the most visited sacred abodes in the world. • It has received international awards for this brilliant piece of work including the awards from the Glob Art Academy, Institution of Structural Engineers and more. • It also gained recognition in several publications in the world like the Encyclopaedia Britannia and Guinness World Records. Interesting facts about Lotus Temple: • The temple is one of the most visited places in the world. The temple is visited by more than four million people every year with an average of more than 10,000 visitors daily. • There is no idol to be worshipped and people of any faith, case and creed are welcome inside. Even though everyone is welcome, no ritualistic ceremonies can be performed inside the Lotus Temple nor can anyone deliver sermons. One can chant or read scriptures of Bahai and other faiths too, in any language. • The Bahai community offers four activities called the core activities for those who are interested in the Bahai way of life. These activities are Children’s’ Classes, Junior Youth Classes, Devotional Meetings and Study Circles. Other Temples to Visit Near Lotus Temple: 1. Laxmi Narayan Temple: Also known as Birla Mandir, is one of the major temples and tourist attraction in Delhi. It was built by a very known industrialist, Sh. J.K. Birla in 1939 and holds a great religious significance. Dedicated to god Laxminarayan (usually refers to Lord Vishnu), this temple is known to be the first Hindu temple built in Delhi. 2. ISKCON Temple Delhi: Located in New Delhi, Iskcon Temple is situated in East of Kailash. This Vaishnav temple is dedicated to Lord Krishna and Radharani in the form of Radha Parthasarathi. The temple is open all days throughout the week but the main temple hall is closed between 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm. It is close to the Nehru Place Metro station. From there, one can take an auto or cycle rickshaw to reach the temple. 3. Kaljaki Devi Temple: Kalkaji Devi Temple is a prominent Hindu Mandir and is dedicated to the Hindu Goddess Kali, an incarnation of Maa Durga. It is believed that the image of the Goddess Kali is self-manifested one. 4. Prachin Bhairon Mandir: Pandava Kaleen Sri Kilkari Bhairav Temple or famously known as Prachin Bhairon Mandir is an age-old temple built by the Pandavas during Mahabharat. This temple has a unique tradition of offering alcohol to the Holy Deity-Lord Bhairav unlike the other Hindu Temples where prashad and baskets of dhoop and flowers are being offered. Points to keep in mind: 1. Lotus Temple is a place for silent prayer and meditation. So one should not make noise. 2. Prayers timings are 10:AM, 12:00PM, 3:00PM and 5:00PM for five minutes. People are requested to not leave the Prayer Hall during this time, but wait until the prayers are over. 3. Reading non- scriptural texts, delivering sermons, playing instruments and fundraising are forbidden here. Location: Near Kalkaji Temple, East of Nehru Place Nearest Metro Station: Kalkaji Mandir Open: Tue-Sun; Mondays closed Timings: 9am to 5:30pm Entry: Free Photography: Permission required Contact No. +91 11 2644 4029 Website: http://www.bahaihouseofworship.in/

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