PLACE: Lotus Temple
LOCATION: New Delhi, India
NOTORIOUS: Modern Spiritual Architechture
NEAREST AIRPORT: IGI, New Delhi Airport (24 minutes by car)
COORDINATES: 28.5531° N, 77.2587° E
CURRENCY: Indian rupee
The Bahai House of Worship, more commonly known as the Lotus Temple due to its flowerlike shape, was designed by Iranian-Canadian architect Fariborz Sahba. Like all other Bahá’í centers of worship, this temple is open to all religious denominations. It has now attracted over 50 million visitors, making it one of the most visited buildings in the world. How am I so late to the game?
Inside the main hall lies the secret of the Lotus Temple – the Unifying spirits of Mankind, where people from all religion unite in search of the Almighty. The Bahá’í laws also stipulate that only the holy scriptures of the Bahá’í Faith and other religions can be read or chanted inside in any language. While readings and prayers can be set to music by choirs, no musical instruments can be played inside. Also, no sermons can be delivered and there can be no ritualistic ceremonies practiced inside.
Been to the Lotus Temple? What’s it like? I wanna hear about it!