The Lotus Temple – A Heaven on Earth

It was a wonderful view, one I had never seen in life. A huge lotus flower like structure was dazzling in the bright sunlight. Even before entering, I could feel the very peaceful and serene atmosphere. The entire structure was made of pure milky white marble, which looked fantastic from a distance. It is also called the Bahai temple and was designed by the Canadian architect Fariborz Sabha and finally completed in 1986.

The temple was constructed by marble, cement, dolomite and sand. It’s the last of the seven major temples of Bahai constructed around the world. The lotus symbol was chosen as it is common to Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam and Jainism. The Lotus Temple is open to all people regardless of their religion. Anyone can go there to worship, meditate or just spend a peaceful time with themselves or with their family. It is an example of equality and openness encouraged by Bahai laws.

Lotus Temple Delhi

Lotus Temple Delhi | Image Resource: wikimedia.org

The temple has a magnificent design. There are 27 beautiful large white petals of an unfolding lotus flower made with marble. The temple has nine doors and nine inner petals and is surrounded by nine pools of water and walkways. The 9 pools of water signify the nine spiritual unifying paths of faith. The pools of water light up in natural daylight. At around 5 pm, in the midst of sunset the view was breathtaking.

No one was allowed to talk there as the temple is meant for worship and meditation. The central hall is plain and flat covered with ceramic tiles and around 34 meters high. There were inscriptions of sacred Bahai scriptures all over the petal alcoves. The beautiful green gardens around the temple give rise to a very pleasing atmosphere. Amidst all these I experienced calm and quietness like never before.

It was around 6:30 pm, that the temple was looking astounding when it was all lit up amidst the dark night. It was my last day of stay in Delhi. I planned to visit one more location the next day and then go back to Orissa. I decided to visit the Teen Murti Bhavan, the former residence of our first Prime Minister as my last and final tour.

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