Lotus Temple is a notable architectural marvel famous for its unique lotus structure. The temple has won several awards and recognitions for its style of building, the concept of religion and the beauty. It is one of the most visited monuments in the world. This is a modern style non-religion oriented temple.
The temple controls 27 marble petals that form clusters to look like lotus. There are nine openings to the temple in regards to the nine anatomical openings of a human body. Lotus temple preaches Baha I Faith, a concept that includes all religions of the world as one. A person of any religion or creed can visit the temple and take part in the rituals. No religious script is allowed inside the temple. No lectures, sermons or spiritual meetings are allowed inside the temple. Musical prayers are conducted by instruments from time to time.
The temple holds no pictures or statues of any worship form. There is no altar or platform inside the temple. The temple can hold more than 2,400 people at the same time. The surface of the temple is made of white marble imported from Greece.
The temple is surrounded by nine ponds and gardens covering 26 acres in total. There is an information center inside the complex, which holds paintings that explains the unity of all religions. The temple hosts several classes from time to time to spread humanity, peace, affection, truth and courage.
A short film explaining the religion is showcased inside the temple in English.
The temple is located close to Kalkaji Mandir metro station and Nehru Place. You can find many private and public transportations from various parts of the city to reach the temple. Since it is an iconic attraction of Delhi, you can easily find drivers who are aware of the location of the temple. If choosing the metro, you need to cover 500 m on foot or hire auto from the station to the temple.
Concerning the climatic condition, winter is the best time to visit the temple. October to March is the time you can easily explore the complex with less humidity. It is best to visit the temple in the evening to enjoy the illuminated temple. Some people spend the evening strolling in the garden.
The temple is open from Tuesday to Sunday. The temple is open from 9:30 am to 5:30 pm during the winter season (October to March). From April to September, the temple is open from 9:30 am to 7 pm. It does not take more than an hour to explore the whole complex.
Short film starts at 10:30 am and ends at 5:30 pm. Each short film spans for 20 minutes and theyare run back-to-back.
Prayer timings are 10 am, 12 pm, 3 pm and 5 pm. Each prayer spans for five minutes and each prayer indicates a different religion.
Entry to the temple is free.