On all my flights landing on terminal 1D of Indira Gandhi International Airport, New Delhi, I was always mesmerized by having an aerial view of this grand structure called Lotus Temple in New Delhi. Even so whenever I was driving through Kalkaji, on the flyover in Nehru Place, on my way to Noida, I used to pull myself straight up to take a peek of this temple in shape of a lotus. It indeed looks spectacular with all lights on and would give competition to any wonders of the world with its charisma and grandness. And this vacation the magnetic pull of the Lotus temple was successful to pull me towards itself and I witnessed the magnificence.
What touched my heart the most was that this Baha’i House of Worship was open to all religions and recognized itself as a house of worship for prayer and meditation by people of all religion and races. This is the same belief that is followed in all other Baha’i houses of worships around the world.
It is clearly defined in Baha’i scriptures that all Baha’i houses of worship should be in a nine sided circular shape. Thus came into existence the 27 marble “petals” arranged in the clusters of three to form nine sides. So serene and grand is its aura that one is spell bound as one approaches the building. It is said that lotus was picked by the architect Fariborz Sahba because lotus is dear to all followers of Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Islam thus making it a popular destination to connect to oneself by all.
Enter into the temple through any of the nine doors and you step into a grand central hall. Once inside the hall, one can sense the purity in the air as one is not guided to bow in front of any idol, statue or image but to one’s inner voice full of peace and tranquility. It so happens that one has paved their way through the chaotic traffic of Delhi roads and the moment one steps inside the hall the heart is full of silence and composure.
I simply loved the symmetrical nine pools around and well nurtured gardens. Despite of the crowds around, Lotus temple offers peaceful surroundings for all. It is said that the pools around keep the air inside the hall cool thus offering a conducive environment to meditate and worship even during scorching summers of Delhi.
The Lotus temple like any other tourist spot has an informative center and a visitor’s gallery. I was mighty impressed by the history and philosophy of Baha’i faith and above all the activities undertaken for betterment of mankind by the Baha’i’s around the world.
Some useful information for all planning to visit the Baha’i House of Worship, New Delhi:
(a) Do not visit the temple on MONDAYs as the same is closed on Mondays.
(b) Do check out about the “Developing My True Self” workshops being conducted in the Lotus temple and given a chance do attend the same.