Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Lotus Temple in Delhi

Lotus TempleLotus Temple is one of the most beautiful temples of India. This temple is about 40m high. Lotus Temple is also called Bahai House of Worship. The most interesting fact about this temple is that it has build in the shape of a half-opened Lotus flower.

Lotus Temple is situated in the south area of Delhi. The exact location of temple is Kalkaji, New Delhi. Lotus Temple has built with pure white marble like Taj Mahal of Agra, India. It was completed in 1986. The complete structure of temple contains 27 giant white marble petals and nine pools. The petals of temple shows unifying spiritual paths of the Baha'i faith, which believes in oneness of all religions and mankind.

This temple is open for all religions. People from all around India visit here. Most important is that, this temple is visited by number of tourists everyday. As a holy temple, it contains Prayers four times a day. During these sessions Prayers of all religions take place there. Prayer timings in temple are as follows:
10:00AM to 10:15AM
12:00PM to 12:15PM
3:00PM to 3:15 PM
5:00 PM to 5:15 PM

This Temple has also received many awards for its beautiful architecture. These award are:
  • Award given to the architect Mr. Sabha in the year 1987 from International Federation for Art and Architecture, USA.
  • Award by Institute of Structural Engineers in UK for its structural design
  • The Citation Award for personifying the visual impact of the beautiful Lotus flower.
  • Accreditation for its outdoor illumination in the year 1988
  • American Concrete Institute Award for being one of the most artistically built concrete structures.
  • In the year 2000 it received the "Glob Art Academy Award" from Glob Art Academy in Vienna.

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