Lotus temple – the most sacred in the world of original construction: it is built in the form of a white blossoming flower and is not a straight line. This is the main Bahai temple in India and one of the top attractions of new Delhi. It is also called “the Taj Mahal of modern India”.
Myths and facts
The official name of the huge marble Lotus, a House of Worship Bahai. This religion is the youngest in the world (appeared in the middle of the XIX century). It professes the unity of God and unity of religions, because in the Baha’i temple can come to people of all faiths and nationalities and to pray to the God in whom he believes.
To create the grandiose project of the building was entrusted to architect Fariborz Sahba. Inspired by the Sydney Opera house, he with the help of computer programs created the project of the temple in the form of a Lotus is a sacred plant for many Eastern peoples. Such painstaking work took two years.
The place of the Shrine was chosen not by accident – it was once a legendary mystical settlement of Bach PUR (translated as “dwelling Bach”).
The construction lasted from 1980 to 1986 (although the idea of building originated in 1921). Financed his followers of the Baha’i religion. Approximate cost of stone masterpiece and design of nearby territory about 100 million rupees.
For its originality, the Lotus temple has been awarded several architectural awards. Now it is open for visiting.
What to see
The size of the temple complex is about 10 ha. the Prayer house is built in the style of structuralism.
The building has the shape of a Lotus – ovals and circles symbolize the eternity of spiritual life. Just a giant “flower” 27 petals (arranged in 3 rows of nine). Construction material – white concrete, the outside of the petals are covered with slabs of white Greek marble. Building height is 34 meters, diameter of about 70 meters.
Inside the Church is striking in its minimalism and simplicity: only benches for the worshippers (no paintings, no sculptures, no objects of worship). The only “jewelry” sign of the Golden Baha’i under the dome of the Shrine. In the Central hall at the same time can pray 1,300 people, amazing acoustics here. Thanks to a unique ventilation in the building is cool even in the heat.
Around the stone Lotus are flower gardens and huge swimming pools 9: it seems that he really grows out of the water. In addition, nine is a symbolic number of ways for a real bachata. Because the Shrine has 9 doors, from different sides.
In old Delhi see the Red Fort and Humayun’s tomb, India is also famous for its Golden temple in Amritsar, Mahabodhi in Bodh Gaya, the cave temples of Ajanta and Ellora.