Lotus Temple (Delhi)
The BahHouse of Worship in New Delhi, India, popularly known as the Lotus Temple due to its flowerlike shape, is a BahHouse of Worship and also a prominent attraction in Delhi. It was completed in 1986 and serves as the Mother Temple of the Indian subcontinent. It has won numerous architectural awards and been featured in hundreds of newspaper and magazine articles. Tourism Since its inauguration to public worship in December 1986, the Bah House of Worship in Delhi has, as of late 2002, attracted more than 50 million visitors, making it one of the most visited buildings in the world. Its numbers of visitors during those years surpassed those of the Eiffel Tower and the Taj Mahal. On Hindu holy days, it has drawn as many as 150,000 people; it welcomes four million visitors each year (about 13,000 every day or 9 every minute). This House of Worship is generally referred to as the "Lotus Temple". In India, during the Hindu festival Durga Puja, several times a replica of the Lotus Temple has been made as a pandal, a temporary structure set up to venerate the goddess Durga. In Sikkim a permanent replica is of the Hindu Legship Mandir, dedicated to Shiva.
Since its inauguration to public worship and visits in December 1986, the Bah House of Worship in New Delhi, India has drawn to its portals more than 70 million visitors,making it one of the most visited edifices in the world. On an average, 8,000 to 10,000 people visit the Bah House of Worship each day. These visitors have admired itsuniversal design in the form of a lotus and have been fascinated by the Teachings of the Bah’ Faith, especially its tenets of the Oneness of God, the Oneness of Religions,and the Oneness of Mankind.
This Bah House of Worship of the Indian subcontinent joins six other Bah Houses of Worship around the world: Apia, Western Samoa; Sydney, Australia; KampalaUganda; Panama City, Panama; Frankfurt, Germany; Wilmette, USA. Each of these Houses of Worship, while sharing some basic design concepts, has its own distinctcultural identity embodying the principle of unity in diversity.