Places To See - Lotus Temple

Supporters of Baha'i faith built the Lotus Temple 1987. It is one of the seven major Baha'i temples in the world. Built in white marble, this huge building has a dome, and a roundish seating arrangement inside. Around the temple are several pools of clear water. The Baha'is have temples all over the world. In each country, they build their temples subscribing to that country's architectural patterns, cultural motifs and other indigenous designs. It was the choice of the shrine's designer, Furiburz Sabha, to opt the lotus as it is a symbol common to Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Islam, as well to Indian culture as a whole.

As you walk up the well-maintained garden paths, you'll see how the faithful keep the surroundings absolutely tidy. There are short trees, lawns and non-flowering plants in the garden. On one end of the path, facing the temple, about 500m away, is the Baha'I Museum and Information Centre. the free visit to the temple will also allow you access to the museum. Inside are hundreds of photographs, collages and representations of the Baha'i history, their temples worldwide, schools run by them internationally, and their various projects. At many instances, you can see that Baha'is all over the world come from different nationalities and backgrounds – from American Indians, Argentines, Italians, blacks, Chinese, and much more. Their communal inclusiveness and tolerance ha attracted many people from across the globe to their faith.

The Baha'is trace their origin to ancient Persia. They believe in two major prophets, and take inspired teachings from various religious icons and gods such as Krishna and Jesus. Their religion is their way of life, and in India, they have found many new believers.

The Baha'i Lotus Temple is closed on Mondays.