Lotus Temple

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Lotus Temple New Delhi Reviews

Vipin Vipin
691 reviews
Stunning Mar 02, 2013
This temple belongs to the Baha’i faith and is popularly known as the Lotus Temple because of its strong similarity with the lotus flower. The temple has won numerous architectural awards, appeared on an Indian stamp and stands on a par with some of the most visited tourist sites in India (including the Taj Mahal). The touristic theme pervades sadly, as my visit there left me with little understanding of the Baha’i faith. You are allowed to enter the temple in small groups; each group is invited to a small introductory lecture. Apart from listening to the lecture in the heart of the temple and seeing the water features while queuing up or leaving the temple, it is difficult to say that this counts as a proper visit. I gained very little knowledge of the faith, but despite this, am pleased that I got to see such an iconic building in New Delhi. It is a handsome building and definitely worth marvelling at.
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Chokk says:
Some things are like that ;)
Posted on: Mar 02, 2013
Vipin says:
It really is a bit like that Brian, I must admit!
Posted on: Mar 02, 2013
spocklogic says:
Yeah, I think it's really just something to go see for the architecture & snap a few photos. Seen that - check it off!
Posted on: Mar 02, 2013
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Nair2011 Nair2011
246 reviews
Bahai House of worship Jun 23, 2012
Lotus Temple is one of the modern architectures in Delhi, India. Many locals and visitors can be seen here in weekend for meditation. This place is deicated to the unity of all gods and has a meditation hall for silent prayers.

Before entering the meditation hall, one of the representatives will explain the purpose and importance of silence to be maintained in the meditaion hall.

Lotus temple can be reached by delhi metro through violet lane. we need to get down at Kalkaji Mandir station and lotus temple can be seen in left side while getting out from the station.

The incription at the entrance says

"This house of worship is a place for prayer and meditation for the peoples of all religions and races, Form within its portals the voice of mankind will ever be raised in praise and glorification of the creator of the universe"
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Inscription at entrance
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spocklogic spocklog…
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Architectural Blossom or Alien Spacecraft? Jan 14, 2009
Opened to the public in 1986, and designed by Iranian architect Faiborz Sahba, this temple derives its name from is shape in the form of a lotus blossom. It's a 9 sided, 27-leaved marble structure rising to a height of 130 feet (40 m) to its peak. It is surrounded by a 26 acre (10.5 hectare) sprawling landscape with walkways, flower gardens, bushes, trees and green lawns. Inside it contains a central prayer hall which can apparently accommodate up to 2,500 people.

It's main function is as a Bahāʾī Faith house of worship or mashriq al-adhkār (Arabic for: a place where the uttering of the name of God arises at dawn). This faith was founded in Persia (now modern day Iran) in the 19th century (c 1844). In short, this faith has a belief that: "All the founders of the world’s great religions have been manifestations of God and agents of a progressive divine plan for the education of the human race." As such, one can understand why it has been a persecuted faith in Persia/Iran since its inception.

This is one of those sights that looks really amazing in photos, but I was not all that wowed by it really. Maybe because it is so big that it just sucks in the space around it and dominates the landscape. There are some nice garden paths to walk about and the nature aspect is sort of serene, but the temple sort of reminded me of a giant alien spaceship that had landed there. Maybe I've read or watched too much Science Fiction? A-ok if your in the vicinity and pop in to take a look, but wouldn't go out of my way to see this.
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