Lotus Temple in Delhi Overview, Architecture, History, Timings, Entry Fee and many more.
Lotus temple is one of the most tourist attraction spots in New Delhi. Tourists visit the place from all over the world. Lotus temple is also known as Bahai’s temple. This place is regarded as one of the major Bahai’s temples in the world. The temple was built in the year 1986 and from then the place is known for its amazing structural beauty and symbolism of oneness. The entrance will be surrounded by full of green plants which add more beauty to the temple.
Fariborz Sabha was the architect of this lotus temple and houses shrines not to one particular religion but also for every religion. The temple is the symbol of peace, unity, togetherness, and meditation among people of different countries, religion, caste, and race.
The Lotus flower is the symbol of togetherness, as the lotus is used by many religions such as Hinduism, Jainism, Buddhism, Islamic, and many other religions. Undoubtedly, more than 10,000 visitors visit every day.
Architecture of Lotus Temple in Delhi
The Lotus temple in New Delhi was built by Fariborz Sahba, the architect who won many awards for this Lotus Temple. The temple is in the shape of the half-opened lotus flower with 27 petals. This temple was built for connecting various religions of the world that represents harmony and oneness. The construction of the temple took 10 long years for the completion. The number of engineers, workers, technicians along with the chief architect was involved in the creation of this temple. The petals of the lotus flower were done on the continuous work of 48 hours for not getting distracted in the construction of joints.
The lotus temple design does not contain a straight line, the structure was complex double carved surfaces is nothing but the challenge for architect, and everyone involved in the construction. The petals are made with a mixture of white concrete, cladded with white marble panels. To avoid stains and rust on the white concrete, the shells of the lotus petals were galvanized. The lotus flower of the temple is half-open to enter natural light into the auditorium and a roof of glass and steel is covered for protection from rains and dust.
The lotus temple is spread over 25 acres of land which comprises of main building, administrative building and a library, reception center, restrooms and many. The marble used for the purpose of construction was bought from Greece, Penteli Mountains. The temple is around 40 meters tall and accommodates over 2500 people at a time.
Another major attraction of this lotus temple is the 1st temple in Delhi to start using solar power system.
History of the temple
The Lotus temple in Delhi was built in 1986 by Fariborz Sahba, an Iranian Architect. This is the building built for religious humanity and togetherness in spite of caste, race, and religion. The lotus flower symbolizes purity and togetherness.
The symbol of this lotus flower is seen in both Zoroastrian and Persian Architecture. Lotus flower plays a vital role in all important religions. In Hindu Religion, the flower came out of Lord Vishnu’s navel during meditation and is regarded as the holy flower where Lord Brahma sits. In the Buddhist religion, Bodhisattva Avalokiteswara was born from the lotus flower and is shown sitting on the flower.
The timings vary from season to season. During summer the timings are from morning 9’o clock to evening 7’o clock. During winter the timings are from morning 9’o clock toil evening 5:30 PM.
On Monday the temple will be closed.
Time to spend
Tourists can spend 2-3 hours in the Lotus Temple.
The entry is free for everyone.
Special permissions should be taken and should pay some amount to carry the cameras.
How to Reach
Delhi Airport to the temple – 17 KM
Delhi Railway Station to the temple – 16 KM
Delhi Bus station to the temple – 21 KM
Lotus Temple, Lotus Temple Rd, Shambhu Dayal Bagh, Bahapur, Kalkaji, New Delhi, Delhi 110019, India.
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