L for Lotus Temple

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The Lotus Temple, located in New Delhi, India, is a Bahá’í House of Worship completed in 1986. Notable for its flowerlike shape, it serves as the Mother Temple of the Indian subcontinent and has become a prominent attraction in the city. Wikipedia

Baha'i Temple (6)Delhi in winter is unfortunately plagued by fog and pollution caused by the many open fires in the city. Hence the rather hazy photographs.

Before you reach the House of Worship you need to deposit your shoes at the shoe room.  You can then enter the Prayer Hall, which is a place for silent prayer and meditation for people of all religious backgrounds. Photographs are not allowed inside, but it is very plain with rows of chairs although the roof structure is quite interesting.

Baha'i Temple (4)

The lotus has been used as a unifying symbol for all Indian religions.  The most basic idea in the design is that light and water are used as its two fundamental elements, and that these two elements alone are responsible for the ornamentation of the House of Worship in place of the thousands of statues and carvings to be found in other temples.


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I have lived in the UK for most of my life, but when young I definitely had wanderlust and even ended up living in South Africa for several years which was a wonderful experience. I now look forward to a long and leisurely retirement doing what I like most - gardening, photography, walking and travelling.

20 thoughts on “L for Lotus Temple”

  1. What a beautiful building – I’ve never seen this before. It looks massive too – what a feat of both design and construction!

    1. Yes Frizz, but then India is a real conundrum. I mean how absurd to have a space program when there are millions living in poverty and slums!

    1. Thanks Iris, it certainly is an exquisite shape and apparently the reflection in the water is very good too. No reflections when I visited, too much pollution.

  2. It looks fabulous in some of those shots! Don’t suppose I’ll ever make India so this might be as good as it gets 🙂 Many thanks!

    1. I don’t suppose I’ll ever go to India again Jo. There is such a disparity between the people that I find it most disturbing. I know lots of folk love it there, but for me I’m just not comfortable with all the extreme poverty and filth. There is some very interesting architecture to see though.

      1. I’m right with you on that. I know I’d have to wear blinkers half the time. It’s just never going to happen. I can look at the temples on National Geographic (sob!)

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