Lotus Temple - Beautiful and Popular Temple in Delhi
The Mother Temple of India
Lotus temple, located in Kalkaji, Delhi is one of the most recognizable structures of Bahai faith. The temple was designed by an Iranian architect, Fariborz Sahba and was completed in the year 1986 and serves as the Mother Temple of the Indian subcontinent.
The temple is about 40 meters tall surrounded by nine ponds and appears as if the temple is floating like a Lotus flower in water. It is made of marble, cement, dolomite and sand, and looks like the ‘Lotus Flower’. The structure and architecture of the temple is inspired by the lotus flower and its design is composed of 27 free-standing marble clad "petals" arranged in clusters of three to form nine sides. The nine doors of the Lotus Temple open onto a central hall, capable of holding up to 2,500 people.
The Lotus temple is among one of the prominent attractions in Delhi and attracts millions of visitors from all over the world every year, especially on Hindu Holy days. There are four Prayer Sessions everyday. These Prayer Sessions are unique, as prayers from all religions are recited during these Prayer Sessions.
Prayer Session Timings: 10:00 AM – 10:15 AM, 12:00 PM – 12:15 PM, 03:00 PM – 03:15 PM, 05:00 PM – 05:15 PM.
Timings to visit Lotus Temple
The Lotus temple is open on all days, except Monday.
Summer Timings (April to September) - 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Winter Timings (October to March) - 9:30 AM to 5:30 PM
The best time to visit Lotus temple is evening as the temple glitters like a jewel during evening hours.
How to reach Lotus Temple
The Lotus temple is well connected with the New Delhi as well as Old Delhi railway stations. However, the nearest Railway station is Hazrat Nizamuddin Railway Station and the nearest metro station is Kalkaji Mandir. The nearest International airport is Indira Gandhi International Airport, which is at a distance of around 20 Kms.
To see other places of attraction in Delhi, check out: Delhi.
To see other famous Indian Pilgrimages and Temples, check out: Pilgrimage Centres in India.