Baha'I House of Worship (Lotus Temple), Delhi, India Photographic Print
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In the heart of New Delhi, the bustling capital of India, a lotus-shaped outline has etched itself on the consciousness of the city's inhabitants, capturing their imagination, fuelling their curiosity, and revolutionising the concept of worship. This is the Bahá'í Mashriqu'l-Adhkar, better known as the "Lotus Temple". With the dawning of every new day, an ever-rising tide of visitors surges to its doorsteps to savour its beauty and bask in its serenely spiritual atmosphere.
Since its dedication to public worship in December 1986, this Mother Temple of the Indian sub-continent has seen millions of people cross its threshold, making it one of the most visited edifices in India. From its high-perched pedestal, this 'Lotus' casts its benevolent glance over vast green lawns and avenues covering an expanse of 26 acres of land. Its soothingly quiet Prayer Hall and tranquil surroundings have touched the hearts of the Temple's numerous visitors, awakening in them a desire to trace its inspirational source and capture a bit of its peace for themselves.
While building the Bahai Temple of Delhi, the architects made use of traditional means of construction, along with Western engineering designs. It took approximately 10 years and about 800 engineers, technicians, artisans and workers to construct this amazing piece of architecture. Fariborz Sahba, a Canadian architect of Iranian origin, was the main person behind the design as well as management of the project. The main aim behind the construction of this temple was to teach people the triviality of material possessions.
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