Lotus Temple – Complete Travel Information & Historical Details
Lotus Temple is a well known one in Delhi. The great Mr Ardishir Rustanpur of Hyderabad donated his entire life savings to buy the plot for Lotus Temple to be constructed. The Delhi Lotus Temple, the Bahai House of Worship designed by a Persian architect Fariborz Sahba from Canada. The temple now attracts 4.5 million approx visitors each year.
This also surpasses the Taj Mahal in visitors number per year. Lotus Temple of Delhi is listed by CNN because this is the most visited establishment in India. A replicate of lotus temple is constructed in Sikkim. The lotus temple also featured on the stamp of Delhi of Rs. 6.50. This is said to be one of the remarkable constructions of the Bahai faith.
The Bahai religion was founded by Baha-ullah. He is believed to be a Persian nobleman from Tehran. These people believes in existence of only one God. It expresses a belief that a House of Worship should be a social event place for individuals of all religions.The Lotus Temple is located exactly at Kalkaji in New Delhi. Key attraction is that the temple is designed in the shape of a lotus flower. Lotus is regarded as a symbol of peace, purity, love and immortality. From external the temple looks like a half opened lotus flower with 27 freestanding petals.
The petals are made of marble. Almost a decade took for the construction to complete.This opened to the public in 1986. Over 800 engineers, technicians, workers and artisans worked for the Lotus Temple. This is huge and can accommodate 2500 people. The temple is about 40 meters tall and is surrounded by nine ponds. The marble used to build this temple’s petal was flown in from Greece. The temple is open to people from all religions and this is one amongst the most visited monuments in India.
- Address: Lotus Temple Rd, Bahapur, Shambhu Dayal Bagh, Kalkaji, New Delhi, Delhi 110019
- Phone:011 2644 4029
- Open: All days of the week except Monday
- 9:00 AM – 7:00 PM (Summer)
9:00 AM – 5:30 PM (Winter)