The Lotus Temple

Posted by Freddy on Jan-16-2011

Lotus Temple, located in Delhi, is one of the remarkable architectures of Bahai faith. The whole structure is made of white marble that adds to the glory of the temple. The lotus shape of this architectural marvel signifies secularity of all faith and creeds, a collective dream of all religion. The temple was completed in 1986 and since then the temple has received recognition from all over the world for its marvelous architecture and design. The temple is open to people from all religions and has no restrictions for visitors. The place provides perfect environment for meditation, peace and wisdom. Lotus Temple is one among the most visited monuments in India. The credit for building this beautiful structure goes to the Persian architect Fariborz Sahba.

The lotus in the temple not merely meant to give a shape to the edifice but it is a message to the people of India in the form of a manifestation from the almighty. The Lotus personifies peace, purity, love and immortality. It is this particular specialty of Lotus flower which makes the flower an important icon in Indian culture and society. This is why the design of Lotus temple has been inspired by lotus flower. The temple has the capacity to accommodate nearly 2500 people and has nine doors that open in a central hall. It is about 40 meters tall surrounded by nine ponds and appears as if the temple is floating like a Lotus flower in water.

The design looks like a half opened Lotus flower with 27 freestanding “petals” made of marble. The architect, while designing the temple took into account the eternal beauty of Lotus flower. It took almost 10 years to construct the temple. The team comprised of 800 engineers, technicians, workers and artisans who worked diligently to give realization to one of the most complex edifices in the world. The temple integrates the aesthetic values along with the technological influence within the whole structure. There are nine reflecting pools that encompass the temple from outside.

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