Lotus Temple

The Lotus Temple, is a Bahá’í House of Worship, in Delhi, India

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The Bahá’í House of Worship, which opened in Delhi in December 1986, is a place of worship where people of all religions can gather. This is one of the key concepts of the Bahá’í Faith – the Oneness of God, the Oneness of Religion and the Oneness of all People.

Abdu’l-Bahá, the son of Bahá’u’lláh founder of the Bahá’í faith, wrote that a House of Worship should be a nine-sided circular shape.

Iranian architect Fariborz Sahba was inspired by the lotus flower, a symbol in many religions. The temple, which is located on a 26 hectare property amongst landscaped gardens, features 27 marble clad petals, that are arranged in groups of three to form the nine sided shape.

Around the petals are also nine pools of water, which gives the impression of a floating lotus flower. There are nine doors that open onto a central hall that can hold 2,500 people (1,300 seated).

Bahá’í writings state that no statues or pictures be displayed within a House of Worship. Photography is not permitted inside the temple.

The Lotus Temple is opened Tuesday to Sunday from 9am. The temple closes at 5:30pm in winter and 7pm in the summer. Last entry is 30 minutes prior to closing.

There is also an information centre but this was closed when I visited.

The Lotus Temple is located at Lotus Temple Road, Bahapur, Shambhu Dayal Bagh, Kalkaji, New Delhi, Delhi.

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Maha Bodhi Society of India

Maha Bodhi Society of India temple in Kolkata is a temple of the South Asian Buddhist society.

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The Maha Bodhi Society of India was founded in 1891 by Sri Lankan Buddhist Anagarika Dharmapala and British poet and journalist Sir Edwin Arnold.

The Maha Bodhi Society of India Headquarters and temple in Kolkata are located at 4A, Bankim Chatterjee StreetCollege Square.

Next door to the headquarters is a Buddhist temple instantly recognisable from the street by its yellow exterior. Inside the walls and ceilings in the temple are painted with bright colourful murals depicting the life of Buddha.

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