The Bahai House of Worship is an extraordinary example of modern architecture and timeless religion joining together in perfect harmony. The Bahai House of Worship, also know at the Lotus Temple, is a multi-faith temple which caters to people of any faith who wish to use it. The temple is situated in the southern part of New Delhi, India. The building was built in 1986 and was designed by an Iranian architect, Fariborz Sahba. This is the same architect who built the Bahá’í World Centre in Israel.
The building was strongly influenced by the Sydney Opera House designed by Jørn Utzon with its curves and white exterior and how the building plays with light.
White often represents spirituality, peace and harmony. The building is covered in marble both inside and out, this gives it its white colour.
The building’s shape represents and lotus flower blossoming in the Indian sun and its form is a representation of what is written in Bahai scripture. The 9 sided building has 27 leaves. Each side has an entrance to the building.
The temple is one of the most visited architectural masterpieces in India with over 10,000 visitors every day. It is a sight to behold with its central hall being 40 meters high the roof is almost touching the heavens.
The building is a great example of how heavy materials can be combined to give the building a featherweight feeling. It’s filled with light, air and spirit. It is the perfect place to feel closers to yourself and the world.