Lotus Temple Delhi- A Place of Purity As Well As Serenity
Now, it was time to visit the temple of all religions- The Lotus Temple. I finally took a cab to this well-known temple of India. As I reached the location with my family, I was astounded to see the magnificence as well as the beauty of this Bahai temple. Upon entering, I saw the history of this temple inscribed on a stone. Reading it, I came to know that this temple had been constructed in the year 1986 by the Bahai community.
The Bahai community is one of the prominent communities that funded the building of this great architectural structure. It is built by one of the Iranian architects named Fariborz Sahba. The temple due to its magnificence and beauty attracts more than 70 million tourists worldwide. The monument is constructed in the shape of Lotus, with 27 independent petal shaped marbles. As I entered the monument, I was surprised to see that there were no pictures or photos as one would expect upon entering the temple. It turned out to be a place where one can go sit quietly and chant or worship any god that one believes in.
This turned out to be quite an interesting place for me as there were no restrictions or rather let’s say there were no denominational restrictions on worshiping any god. One could give music to their prayers through choirs, but the place has strict regulations with regard to any religious rituals being practiced inside the temple. On the outside of the temple, there is a small lake, which is also known as the wishing lake. Local visitors told me that it was believed any wish made by dropping a coin into the lake was sure to come true.
The Lotus Temple in New Delhi has received numerous awards on account of its architectural magnificence. Sitting in the temple for nearly half an hour brought me much peace and provided the much-required break from the hustle and bustle of cities. My kids enjoyed the visit and helped them realize the importance of secularism and all the religions.