One of the most beautiful
temples in India, the 40 m high Bahai Temple is also known as Lotus
Temple as it is built in the shape of a half-opened Lotus flower.
Completed in 1986, this pure white marble temple is also known as Taj
of Modern India. Surrounded by carefully manicured lawns, it has been
constructed using marble, cement, sand and dolomite.
The temple structure has
27 giant white marble petals and nine pools indicative of the nine
unifying spiritual paths of the Baha'i faith, which believes in
oneness of all religions and mankind. The faith emphasizes on prayer,
described as 'Conversation with God' and meditation, described as 'Key
for opening the doors of mysteries'.
The temple represents the broad views and scientific ideas of Baha`i
faith and signifies the purity and the universality of the lord. A
perfect silence is maintained in the main hall of prayer to allow the
devotees to meditate and pray peacefully and tranquilly without being
disturbed. It is said that about four million people visit it daily.
Situated on Bahapur Hills, it is the seventh Baha'i houses of worship
in the world. The temple looks all the more divine in the night when
the colored lights impart it a multihued look. One can visit the
temple from Tuesday to Sunday between 10.00 am to 4.00 pm.