Lotus Temple, New Delhi
Location: The most acclaimed lotus resembling Bahai ‘House of worshipping’ called ‘Lotus Temple’ has become the hottest hub of offering religious rites in the village ‘Bahapur’ of New Delhi, India.
Year of completion of its construction: 13 November, 1986
Year of its inauguration: 24 December, 1986
Tenets of worshipping as per ‘Bahai’ law: Unlike other religious hubs, Lotus temple is striding high while illuminating splendidly in the horizon of this world because of its unique laws of worshipping. Few of them are mentioned below for your notice:
- The gate of god’s abode, i.e. Lotus Temple, is opened for everyone regardless of any specific caste, creed or country.
- Bahai scriptures disapprove worshipping of any deity’s ‘Idol’, ‘image’ or ‘picture’ as happens in Hindu or any other religion.
- Enchant the hymns and sermons scripted in Bahai or any other religion’s scriptures in any language.
- ‘Beseech’ god without denominational restrictions.
- The prayer should not be sung with musical instruments inside.
- But, the prayer can be tuned on musical notes vocally.
- Preaching of sermons is banned.
- No particular ceremonial ritual is to be performed.
Architect: An Iranian architect named as ‘Fariborz Sahba’.
The man behind the stipulation of its structure: ‘Abdu’l Baha
Disclaimer of its design: All credit goes to a UK firm renowned as Flint and Neill for designing such a doozy structure that is an exquisite specimen of marvel.
Major donor: Ardishir Rustampur, a native of Hyderabad, contributed his all savings that he earned the entire life in 1953.
Description of the structure:
- Architectural style: Expressionist.
- Resemblance of its architecture: The explicit structure of ‘Lotus temple’ vividly has the replica resemblance of a ‘Lotus’- a flower.
- ‘Petals’ like design of its entrance: All in all 27 free-standing marbles are designed in such a splendid format forming each leaf’s pattern with the cluster of three marbles together for designing nine doors conveying the reflection of petals. All these 9 doors lead the visitors to central hall for witnessing the spell bounding replica of magnificent architecture.
- Height: The central hall is 40 metres tall.
- Accommodating capacity: Not less than 2,500 people can be accommodated in it as it has such accommodated capacity.
- Flooring: The flooring of this enchanting structure is designed using white marble that was brought from Penteli mountain of Greece.
- Ponds and gardens: Like actual lotus that blooms in pond, the architect has tried to evoke that mesmerizing picturesque image by surrounded it with 9 ponds and gardens in the stretched expansive field of 26 acres.
- Green house: The rare species of indigenous plants or flowers are grown in the green house established near this shrine for dissipating the message called ‘go green’.
Tourism: The number of thronging visitors who queue-up like a serpent for going through the exotic ecstasy of witnessing its incredible structure has been set as a record by breaking the set records of total number of visitors hovered at Eiffel Tower and Taj Mahal.