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Bahai Temple

Fast facts:

When it was built: 1986

By whom it was built: Bahai community

Nature of the architecture: Modern architecture

General Introduction:

Located in the south of Delhi, the Bahai Temple a brilliant piece of architecture of the Bahai Community is in the form of a lotus flower. The temple emits an ethos of serenity which engulfs devotees thronging the premises in droves. The lotus flower symbolizes purity and tranquility. The temple embodies the Bahai faith, an all-inclusive broad based religion.


Built in 1986, the Bahai Temple has drawn within its edifice symbols of ancient architecture in a contemporary setting. This architectural marvel is a concrete version of an all embracing Bahai faith. The Bahai faith is the newest among the world's independent religions. Bahá'u'lláh, the founder of the Bahai faith is regarded by the Bahais as belonging to the lineage of divine messengers of Abraham, Moses, Buddha, Zoroaster, Christ and Muhammad. Bahá'u'lláh believed in the universality of all religions and that humanity was one single race. This broad based and tolerant religion seeks to break down divisive forces in society like caste, creed, race and nation.

This architectural marvel is a fusion of traditional Indian design and Western Engineering design. It was designed by a Canadian architect of Iranian origin known as Fariborz Sahba. He spent 10 years with a team of 800 people in planning and giving shape to one of the most complex structures in the world. An aura of intangible serenity engulfs devotees gathering in clusters. Since its inauguration to public worship in December 1986, the Bahai Temple New Delhi till date has attracted more than 50 million visitors, making it the most visited edifice in the world. Its numbers of visitors in recent times surpassed those of the Eiffel Tower and the Taj Mahal. On the occasion of Hindu festivals it has drawn as many as 150,000 people.
This House of Worship is generally referred to as the "Lotus Temple" by Bahais and non-Bahais alike.


The temple connects six other Bahai temples in the world. Each of these temples has its own cultural identity, yet stands by the belief-"unity in diversity." This architectural wonder is made of a combination of marble, cement, sand and dolomite. One can see 27 giant white petals of marble in a lotus shape. The structure of the House is composed of three ranks of nine petals; each arising from a platform raising the building above the surrounding plain. The first two ranks curve inward, embracing the inner dome; the third layer curves outward to form canopies over the nine entrances. The petals are clad in white marble panels, made to cover the intricate geometrical patterns and designs. Nine arches that constitute the superstructure encircle the central hall. Nine reflecting pools surround the building on the outside, their form suggesting the green leaves of the lotus flower.

Considering that the Bahai temple is celebrated as man's love for his creator and is regarded as a "dewdrop on the face of eternity." When the main entrance gate was first opened to the general public on 1 January 1987, visitors flocked to the 'Lotus Temple' out of sheer curiosity. The vast lawns, the massive white structure, the high-ceilinged Central Auditorium and a Temple without idols standing so near the ancient 'Kalkaji Temple' aroused the curiosity of all.

They felt "where there is silence, the spirit is eloquent." The omnipresent had manifested itself in the prayer hall.

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Catch a glimpse of the resplendent glow of the Sun on the white Lotus, standing majestically on its red pedestal. It is undoubtedly an unmatched experience. "Architecturally, artistically, ethically, the edifice is a paragon of perfection." The temple's special significance is that it acts as a unifying link by virtue of its principle of oneness.

The Bahai Temple is a spectacular piece of architecture. Let the aura of eloquent silence overpower you and let your mind begin a journey of eternal peace. offers complete information on Bahai Temple and other Tourist Attractions in Delhi