Lotus Temple is located in New Delhi, the capital of India. Also known as Bahai House of Worship or Bahai Mashriqul-Adhkar Temple, the temple was able to see its full construction in 1986 and is one of the most visited place in the world. Lotus Temple places emphasis on the teachings of the Bahai faith believing in the Oneness of God, the Oneness of Religions, and the Oneness of Mankind. Because of this, everyone is welcomed inside regardless of colors of religion. Thus, Lotus temple is defined as unique place of worship where there is no certain idol of a deity people pray to.
Lotus Temple’s beautiful appearance can not be ignored as significant factor to its attraction. Designed by Iranian architect Fariborz Sahba, Lotus Temple is one of the best architectural marvels in modern times. Temple has nine sides, and they form by 27 marble petals. With a capacity of 2500 people, 40-meters high central prayer hall can be seen by entering nine different doors. The floor inside the central hall is also made of marble. These marbles come from Greece, specifically, Penteli Mountain. The entrance of the Lotus Temple is also very enchanting since you can see ponds and gardens when making your way to the gate of this temple. The total area of the place is 26 acres.
The interior dome is made of crisscrossing ribs and shells of intricate pattern. When viewed from inside, each layer of ribs and shells fades away as it rises. Some of the ribs come together radially and meet at a central hub. The radial beams emanating from the inner leaves also meet at the centre of the building. Between the radial beams and the top of the interior dome, there is a neoprene pad in order to allow lateral movement caused by the effects of temperature changes and wind.
“Architectural Blossoming of the Lotus,” The Baha’i House of Worship