The Bahá'í House of Worship
, popularly known as the Lotus Temple
due to its flowerlike shape, is a Bahá'í House 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.
As with all other Bahá'í Houses of Worship
, the Lotus Temple is open to all regardless of religion
, or any other distinction, as emphasized in Bahá'í texts
. The Bahá'í laws emphasize that the spirit of the House of Worship be that it is a gathering place where people of all religions may worship God
without denominational restrictions. The Bahá'í laws also stipulate that only the holy scriptures of the Bahá'í Faith
and other religions can be read or chanted inside in any language; while readings and prayers can be set to music by choirs, no musical instruments can be played inside. Furthermore no sermons
can be delivered, and there can be no ritualistic ceremonies practiced.
All Bahá'í Houses of Worship, including the Lotus Temple, share certain architectural elements, some of which are specified by Bahá'í scripture. `Abdu'l-Bahá
, the son of the founder of the religion, stipulated that an essential architectural... Read More