Sunday December 16, 2018

10 Facts about India’s famous Lotus Temple

Lotus Temple serves as the Mother Temple of the Indian subcontinent and was created to be a place of worship for all faiths and religions.

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Lotus Temple New Delhi, Wikimedia Commons
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By Archita Aggarwal

O SON OF MAN!
I loved thy creation, hence I created thee. Wherefore, do thou love Me, that I may name thy name and fill thy soul with the spirit of life.
~Bahá’u’lláh

The Lotus Temple, located in New Delhi, India, is a Baha’i House of Worship which was completed in 1986. Striking for its flower-like shape, and an unmistakable attraction of the city, it serves as the Mother Temple of the Indian subcontinent and was created to be a place of worship for all faiths and religions. Incorporated into numerous every day paper and magazine articles the Lotus Temple, like all Baha’i Houses of Worship, welcomes all, paying little regard to religion or any other classification.

Interiors of Lotus Temple, Wikimedia Commons
Interiors of Lotus Temple, Wikimedia Commons

Created to resemble the shape of a Lotus, the building is made out of 27 unsupported marble-clad “petals” arranged in gatherings of three to shape nine sides with nine gateways opening onto a central hall with tallness of to some degree more than 40 meters and a breaking point of 2,500 people. Doors open into a central anteroom with heights reaching up to more than 40 meters and a capacity of 2,500 people. The shape of the Lotus was selected for the temple as the Lotus is not associated with any specific religion but does hold a deep connection with India overall.

Night view of Lotus Temple, Wikimedia Commons
Night view of Lotus Temple, Wikimedia Commons

Some intriguing truths about Lotus Temple:
1. Bahai law underlines the all-inclusiveness of all religions. It expresses a belief that a House of Worship should be a social event place for individuals of all religions.
2. The readings and petitions can be set to music by choirs according to laws indicated by the Bahai religion.
3. The Lotus Temple sanctuary is visited by more than four million individuals with a typical of more than 10,000 visitors each day, making it one of the most visited sites in India.
4. The Bahai House of Worship in Delhi is one of seven such places of worship. The other six are in Sydney in Australia, Panama City in Panama, Apia in Western Samoa, Kampala in Uganda, Frankfurt in Germany and Wilmette in USA.
5. No sermons can be conveyed at the Lotus Temple, as there is no spot for formal functions specific to any one religion inside the Bahai House of Worship.
6. Abhui-Baha, the child of the propagator of this religion had stipulated that the vital design character of a House of Worship ought to have a nine-sided shape.
7. The Bahai religion does not have any pictures, photographs or statues.
8. The Hindu Legship Mandir (temple) Shiva sanctuary in Sikkim has been made in imitation of the celebrated Lotus Temple of New Delhi.
9. While all the Houses of Worship of the Bahai community feature a dome in the center of the structure, the Lotus Temple of New Delhi does not have a central dome.
10. More than 10,000 different sizes of marble were used in the construction of the Lotus Temple.

Address: Lotus Temple Rd, Shambhu Dayal Bagh, Bahapur, New Delhi, DL – 110019

Timing: 9:00 AM – 7:00 PM (summer)  &  9:00 AM – 5:30 PM (winter)

Opening Days: All days of the week except Monday

Entry Fee: Free

Archita is pursuing bachelor’s of journalism and mass communications,from Amity University,Noida Twitter:Archita001

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  • Akanksha Sharma

    Lotus temple is made up of 27 giant petals of marbel

  • Anwar Khopekar

    Dear Archita. I guess you have a wrong notion about the Bahai cult (and not faith).The lotus temple is just a artistic monument of a man made religion to disguise people following divine religions. I would request you to kindly visit http://www.thebahaitruth.com to get more insights on this fake movement.

  • Badi19

    This is the founder of Baha’i faith.

  • Anwar Khopekar

    A Faith (Ooops cult) whose numbers are drastically decreasing in India. Ref: India Census 2011.
    Reason – It is based on prejudice, selfishness and racism

  • Shalini Sharma

    The Security guards are the most selfish, non understanding people there. They close the gates at their own will, much before the time they have allotted on their website. The Security Guard Manager ( Mr. Hari ) was really rude even after arguing and showing them the time on websites given didnt budge him. Many people were kind of protesting to get an entry but the entire crew refused. I will never go to such a place again.

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  • Akanksha Sharma

    Lotus temple is made up of 27 giant petals of marbel

  • Anwar Khopekar

    Dear Archita. I guess you have a wrong notion about the Bahai cult (and not faith).The lotus temple is just a artistic monument of a man made religion to disguise people following divine religions. I would request you to kindly visit http://www.thebahaitruth.com to get more insights on this fake movement.

  • Badi19

    This is the founder of Baha’i faith.

  • Anwar Khopekar

    A Faith (Ooops cult) whose numbers are drastically decreasing in India. Ref: India Census 2011.
    Reason – It is based on prejudice, selfishness and racism

  • Shalini Sharma

    The Security guards are the most selfish, non understanding people there. They close the gates at their own will, much before the time they have allotted on their website. The Security Guard Manager ( Mr. Hari ) was really rude even after arguing and showing them the time on websites given didnt budge him. Many people were kind of protesting to get an entry but the entire crew refused. I will never go to such a place again.

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Hindus In Delhi Push For A Temple On The Ruins Of a Mosque

The Supreme Court has delayed hearings into the disputed site but hardliners have vowed to lay a foundation stone next year regardless.

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Supporters of Vishwa Hindu Parishad gather during a rally in New Delhi, Dec. 9, 2018. The group gathered thousands of supporters to demand the construction of a Hindu temple on a site where a mosque was attacked, demolished in 1992. VOA

Tens of thousands of hardline Hindu protesters marched in New Delhi on Sunday, calling for a grand temple to be built on the ruins of a destroyed mosque in a flashpoint Indian city.

Trident-waving devotees clad in saffron filled a huge parade ground in the Indian capital under tight security, where speakers warned Prime Minister Narendra Modi they would not let up until the temple was sanctioned.

Some of Modi’s supporters feel the Hindu nationalist leader has not done enough to raise a shrine at a site in Ayodhya, a city believed by many to be the birthplace of the deity Ram.

The site was home to a medieval mosque for 460 years until Hindu zealots tore it down in 1992, kicking off riots across India that left thousands dead, most of them Muslims.

Its future has been tied up in courts for decades but some hardliners want Modi, who is seeking reelection in 2019, to push parliament to guarantee the temple by law.

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“The gathering here is telling you that Hindus won’t sit back until the temple is built, and our wishes are respected,” said Champat Rai, the leader of the Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP) group that organized the protest.

Demonstrators chanting “Praise be to Ram” packed the Ramlila Maidan, a vast ground capable of holding more than 50,000 people, and filled the surrounding streets.

Some carried maces and tridents — weapons traditionally wielded by Hindu gods — and traveled great distances by train and bus to reach the rally.

“We have come here to protect our religion and Hindu pride. We want a temple for our Lord Ram,” Hitesh Bharadwaj, a teacher from Delhi’s satellite city Noida, told AFP.

The hardline VHP has applied pressure on Modi in recent weeks, staging a huge show of force in Ayodhya itself last month.

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A close ally of Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the group is spearheading a push to raise the Ram temple, and is calling for more protests as the premier prepares to go to the polls by May.

The BJP was on the margins until the 1980s when its top leaders, including Modi, backed a growing movement for the construction of the Ram temple.

Its advocates want parliament to introduce a law bypassing legal hurdles blocking the temple before Modi’s term ends.

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The Supreme Court has delayed hearings into the disputed site but hardliners have vowed to lay a foundation stone next year regardless.

“We don’t care about the courts. A grand temple will be constructed in 2019,” Sushil Chawdhary, a VHP leader, told AFP. (VOA)