Recently, we visited the Lotus Temple or the Bahai House of Worship. The beautiful Lotus shaped Temple was opened in the year 1986, and since then has invited a number of visitors to its premises. Also, similar to all the Bahai Temples, the Lotus Temple is open to people of all faith. The Bahai Temple is amongst the seven Bahai House of Worship in the world. The rest of the six are located in Apia, Western Samoa; Sydney, Australia; Kampala, Uganda; Panama City, Panama; Frankfurt, Germany; Wilmette, USA.
The entry to the temple is through a gate that leads to a pathway with landscaped gardens on both side. We had to take off our shoes and deposit them in the shoe keeping centre. From there, we stood in a queue and waited for our turn. A representative of the Bahai Faith then introduced us to the temple in Hindi as well as English.
Once inside, complete silence and peace took over. We saw people of different religions sitting and praying. The inside hall has nine doors and a capacity to seat 2500 people at one time. We spent quiet sometime there and then came out. It always is a pleasure to spend sometime in such an environment. Outside, we spent sometime near the pool and clicked some pics.
Here are few facts and information about the Bahai temple which I am stating below for the convenience of those who want to know more.
Winters : 9:30 am to 6:00 pm
Summer: 9:30 am to 6:30 pm
Also Known as
The Taj Mahal of Modern Era
Daily Fimls Shown
Jewel in the Lotus (Kamal Mani)
Prisoner of ’Akká (’Akká ke Kedi )
Ek Naya Savera