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Bahai Temple also know as the ‘Lotus Temple’ due to its typical shape

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Bahai Temple: Also know as the ‘Lotus Temple’ due to its typical shape, it is a recent architectural marvel. The lotus is one of India’s national symbol and this flower has always been having a special status in Indian heritage and culture. There are three main halls: one meant for prayer, another for conferences and yet another for reception. The entrances are through the respective bases of the petals. The conference hall leads to a chowki made of red stones and a bachanalaya. The structure nestles amidst gardens and pools. As a result, the monument gives the impression of a floating lotus flower that is not yet totally open. The outstretched leaves surround the structure.

Though the temple belongs primarily to the followers of the Bahai faith, the doors of the temple is open to people of all faiths. The prayer hall is dedicated to the Almighty, Nation and all Religions. Located at Kalkaji in south Delhi, it was constructed with white marble at an approximate cost of Rs 5.9 crore. There are nine lotus-shaped petals at the top of this 40-metre high monument. They demonstrate the freshness and architectural finesse. The white marble slabs were imported from Greece and they were chiseled into the petals in Italy.

The temple remains closed on Sundays. Its gates remain open from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday to Sunday. The serene silent environ makes the Bahai Temple an ideal place for self introspection. Meditation sessions start from 10 a.m. till noon and again from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. on the aforementioned working days.

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