Saturday, April 2, 2011
"There is one God; mankind is one; the foundations of religion are one."
A Basic Information before visiting Bahai Lotus Temple: The Bahai Lotus Temple is located Just opposite the ancient Kalkaji Mandir, East of Nehru Place. You can Visit here On all days except Monday. Bahai Lotus Temple timings are Summer/ Winter: 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m./ 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Our recommended timings are from 3:00 p.m. to 06:00 p.m. on weekends. There is no Admission Fee & the temple is Free and open to all. Tourists can either take local buses from various points within the city to reach this temple located in South Delhi, or they can take auto-rickshaws and taxis or metro rail. Venturous bikers went on BIKES..as it is located just 2 kms from our location.
The Parking is absolutely Free and open to all. Dont park in from of main gate, they will charge you some money. Just cross the main gate and move 10-20 mtrs towards Modimill Flyover. On left hand side, you will see the free paking. The Nearest Railway Stationis Nizamuddin Railway Station & Nearest Metro Station is Central Secretariat. We took Approx. 2 hours Time for sightseeing. Covering an expanse of 26 acres of land, the Lotus Temple or Bahai Temple in Delhi was built between 1980 and 1986 at a cost of Rs 10 million and was opened to public worship in December 1986.
Special Attraction in Bahai Lotus Temple: There are four Prayer Sessions everyday. These Prayer Sessions are unique, as prayers from all religions are recited during these Prayer Sessions. Prayer Session Timings: 1000 hrs - 1015 hrs (15 minutes), 1200 hrs - 1215 hrs (15 minutes), 1500 hrs - 1515 hrs (15 minutes), 1700 hrs - 1715 hrs (15 minutes).
Now some facts about Bahai Lotus Temple: Recognized as one of the masterpieces of twentieth-century architecture and winner of many prestigious International awards, the temple was designed by Fariburz Sabha, a Canadian citizen and a Bahai of Iranian descendants. More than 700 laborers and forty engineers were employed in its construction. They worked dedicatedly for six years to complete this House of Worship, which is considered one of the marvels of modern architecture.
Fariburz Sabha designed the building in the shape of a Lotus because he wanted to reflect the multiculturalism and ancient traditions of India. The lotus flower, apart from being the national flower of India, also has very close associations with all the major religions of India, namely Hinduism, Buddhism, Zoroastrianism and Islam.