Lotus Temple, Delhi

Lotus Temple Delhi

Nestled amidst the bustling city of New Delhi stands a marvel of architectural beauty: the Bahai Lotus Temple. The temple itself resembles a beautiful lotus flower and is not just a place of worship, but an icon of peace and inter-community harmony.

Architecture of Lotus Temple

The unparalleled architectural creativity of the Lotus Temple was designed by Fariburz Sahba in 1986 and is heartily open to people of all backgrounds, colors, and genders. It is a magical castle where the nine golden doors beckon visitors to the unusually high central hall, which can accommodate up to 2,500 people in peaceful contemplation.

Embellished with nine pools of water that shimmer in the sunshine, the holy building is exceptionally atmospheric when lighted up by soft lights in the dark. The purity of its white marble structure deriving inspiration from the lotus – the symbol adored in Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, and Islam – attracts worldwide attention for its unique beauty and elegance.

History of Lotus Temple

The path that would lead to the building of the Lotus Temple started with one believer simple generosity. It is proof of Ardishír Rustampúr strong faith in the Baháʼí religion from Hyderabad that he donated all his savings for its construction, which became a symbol representing spiritual unity.

In the year 1953, the Baháʼí community was gifted with land in Delhi village Bahapur, which ultimately paved the way for the temple to be built. Aided by the merged efforts of Baháʼís from all over India, the construction started in 1976 under the supervision of Fariborz Sahba, who took a tour of the whole land to seek the best design.

A school for believers, a home for friends, and a shelter for hearts; too many, it is simply known as a temple—a sanctuary where hearts find solace and souls find peace. The Lotus Temple is a lighthouse for the numerous visitors, locals, and immigrants from different walks of life, who see the temple as a source of hope and a depiction of the power of unity in difference.

Quick Information

Location of Lotus Temple Lotus Temple Road, Shambhu Dayal Bagh, Bahapur, Kalka ji, New Delhi - 110019
Type Temple, Spiritual Place ( expressionist Architecture)
Nearest Metro Station Kalkaji Mandir Metro Station
Opening Time Tuesday to Sunday
Timings Summer - 9:00 am to 7:00 pm and Winter 9:00 am to 5:30 pm
Entry Fee Free
Best Time to Visit October to March ( Cooler Months)
Dress Code Decent, Modest Dressing
Time Required 2-3 hrs. ( depends on Individual)

Lotus Temple Special Highlights

  • Lotus Temple Special Highlights
  • Iconic Bahai Lotus Temple: symbol of unity and peace
  • Unique lotus-shaped architecture by architect Fariburz Sahba
  • Open to people of all religions and genders
  • Central Hall with a capacity for 2,500 people
  • Nine pools of water surround the temple, particularly stunning at dusk

Things to do near

  • Discover different religious practices at Kalkaji Temple, a sacred place for the goddess Kali adjoining the Lotus Temple.
  • Feel the peace of mind at ISKCON Temple, where you can take some time to meditate and reflect, which is a short distance from here.
  • Be amazed at the grandeur of Humayun Tomb, a splendid UNESCO heritage site reflecting the intricate Mughal architectural excellence and tranquil gardens.
  • You can visit the Qutub Minar complex which houses the tallest brick minaret in the world, and also take a tour of monuments from the time of the Delhi Sultanate period.
  • Hang out in the romantic atmosphere of Lodhi Gardens surrounded by lush vegetation and historical landmarks, just right for a picnic or relaxing.

How to Reach Lotus Temple - Ways to Reach

Lotus Temple Transportation Details
Flight Indira Gandhi International Airport
Train New Delhi Railway Station and Old Delhi Railway Station
Road DTC Buses, Car, and Cabs like Uber, and Ola within Delhi
Nearest Metro Route Kalkaji Mandir Metro Station