Lotus Temple - New Delhi

 

The Lotus Temple, located in New Delhi, is a Bahá'í House of Worship, open to people of all faiths to visit.
Temple is Lotus flower like shape and looks very beautiful from the outside.
The architect, Fariborz Sahba, was awarded several certificates for excellence in religious art and architecture from all over the world.

The mission of the Baha'i Faith is to bring unity to the world.
In a effort to achieve it goal, this temple is staffed with volunteers from all over the world.
The Baha'i faith wishes to establish harmony between the chasms of race, religion, gender, education, and socio-economic status.

Before entering the complex there is a security check. 
There is a separate line for men and women.
You will pass through metal detectors and your bags will be checked.
You may get frisked by security personnel.

You will walk down the path to the temple providing good spots for pictures.
Please remain on the path.

When you arrive at the temple, check your shoes at the shoe room.   
Get in line and you will get sorted into groups to go up to the main entrance.
As one group leaves another group will enter the Prayer Hall
Once in the prayer hall they ask that you refrain from talking. 
You will have about 10-15 minutes to pray, reflect, and mediate.

The temple is renown for its design and engineering and constructed from white marble.
The nine sides to the temple form the 27 marble petals.
The nine doors lead to a central prayer hall that has a capacity of 2500 people and is about 40m high.  
The floor inside the central hall is also made of marble.

According to Bahai scripture, the House of Worship cannot have any pictures, statues or images displayed inside.  
Therefore it is sparse inside the temple unlike other temples in India.  
Cameras, video cameras, or mobile phones are restricted inside the Prayer Hall and the Information Centre.

This is an active temple. 
Prayer services are held at 10:00am, 12:00pm, 3:00pm and 5:00pm in the Prayer Hall.
At these times prayers from different religions are chanted or read out loud.  
There is no standard/ ritualized program.
Guests are not allowed in the Prayer Hall during this time, but must wait until the prayers are over.

After exiting the Prayer Hall , you can visit the welcome center or the Library. 
Don't forget to collect your shoes.

Address

Lotus Temple Rd, Shambhu Dayal Bagh, Bahapur, New Delhi 110019, India

Admission Fee

Winter: 9:00 am to 5:30 pm (Last Entry 5.00 pm)

Summer: 9:00 am to 7:00 pm (Last Entry 6.30 pm)

Entrance is free

Getting There

To get to the Lotus Temple by Delhi Metro Railway
Take the Violet Line to Kalkaji Mandir Metro Station

The Lotus Temple is about 1.2 KM from this station.
After exiting the station,  we recommend taking a rickshaw or cab to the Lotus Temple.
If you choose to walk, follow the signs on Lotus Temple Road.

Another way to go to the Qutub Minar is to take a tour. 
Delhi Darshan day tour which is run by DTC and makes a stop at Lotus Temple

Did you know?

 

 The center has short Bahá'í films in English and Hindi available for those interested in the Bahai faith.

 English

10:30am to 5:30pm, every 20 minutes

 Hindi

10:30am to  5:30pm, on the half hour

Please collect a free pass at the Exit door of the Prayer Hall.
Children under 12 years of age are not permitted to enter the Information Centre.

This attraction will take 1 or more hours depending on your interest and the security line. 
You can combine with a visit to Kalkaji Mandir (famous Hindu temple), and Qutb Minar

Avoid summer afternoons to visit this place.  
There is very little shade outside of the temple and welcome center.
Make sure you wear sunscreen/ umbrella (for shade)  and bring water.