the capital city of India, is replete with ancient and modern-day
structures. During your sojourn in the city, you will come across with
numerous buildings and monuments. Some would be interesting on account of
their grandeur and some due to their unearthly aura. The Lotus Temple,
however, is a mix of both. Located at Kalkaji in South Delhi, the temple is
a must-see for every traveller arriving at Delhi. Whether you are in need of
meditation or wish to have a complete spiritual experience, the place seems
to be just the option.
The stunning construction of the temple represents the Bahai faith, the
youngest of the world's independent religions. Bahaullah (1817 1892),
who established this system of beliefs is considered to be the most recent
in the line of messengers from God. The Bahai faith preaches that humanity
is but one race. And that the day has arrived for the assimilation of all
the castes and creeds into a global whole. According to the statement of
Bahaullah, God has set in motion historical forces that will break apart all
the barriers of race, caste and nation. The genesis of a universal
civilization is at hand.
The imposing edifice of the Lotus Temple is the brainchild of Fariborz
Sahba, a Canadian architect of Iranian origin. The designing and the project
management of the temple took 10 years. Around 800 engineers, technicians,
artisans and workers were engaged in the overall construction of this
The exquisite architecture of the Lotus Temple is a brilliant work of art.
One the one hand the beauty takes your breathe away. On the other, you start
feeling completely relaxed and rejuvenates in the midst of a quiet ambiance.
The temple structure comprises 27 concrete petals, put into a systematic
order of three groups. The petals rise from a solitary podium and thus the
building gets an elevated look.
The temple occupies an area of 26.6 acres including lush greenery and
beautiful water bodies. The dome-shaped structure of the temples resembles
the innermost part of the lotus, consisting of 54 ribs with intercepting
concrete shells. Entering the huge central hall, one comes to observe nine
arches that strengthen the superstructure.
out time to visit the sights that are just withing a few kilometres from the
Lotus Temple. The Kalkaji Temple, built during the 18th century, is a major
attraction for tourists here. Also pay a visit to the Hazrat Nizamuddin
Dargah, one of the largest Indo Muslims shrines in the country. Other places
of interest include the Khirki Masjid and Satpula.
The Lotus Temple lies east of Nehru Place in South Delhi. Tourists can take
a taxi or an auto-rickshaw to reach the temple from various points in the
city. Local buses also ply regularly from different parts of the city to
this place. Nizamuddin Railway Station is the nearest railhead from here.
Delhi remains connected to all the important destinations of the world and
the country through its Indira Gandhi International Airport.