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A Unique Visit to Delhi’s Lotus Temple

Any trip to Delhi requires a stop at the spectacular Lotus Temple. Built in 1986 of pure white marble from the Penteli mountain in Greece, the Lotus Temple is a Bahá’í House of Worship where people of any religions can come to pray.  What makes this temple so incredibly unique and awe-inspiring is its shape and form.

Inspired by India’s sacred lotus flower, the temple is composed of 27 free-standing marble “petals” arranged in groups of three to form nine sides forming a lotus flower. It is fitting that the temple is designed to look like India’s treasured lotus flower as the lotus symbolizes many important things in Indian culture: Long life, honor, and good forturne. Images of lotus flowers can be seen throughout India as engravings on temples, buildings and in art.

Lotus Temple Delhi

To access the Lotus Temple, you must walk down a long excruciatingly hot path in barefeet as is custom. Unfortunately, the day of my visit was late May and it was 120 degrees Farenheight in Delhi. You can imagine how painfully hot the pathway was against my bare feet. But it was worth the discomfort as the temple is spectacular.

Lotus Temple Delhi India

Lotus Temple Delhi India

The nine doors of the Lotus Temple open onto a central hall slightly more than 40 meters tall that is capable of holding up to 2,500 people. Source: Wikipedia

Once I reached the temple I was relieved to find a small piece of shade to cool down my feet. While I was waiting, I noticed that variety of unique feet surrounding me.

Feet in India

Here are my feet protected by the shade of my shadow.

Feet of India

I adored her feet in henna. So unique and lovely.

Feet in India

Once inside the Lotus Temple, no photographs or talking was allowed. I sat for a moment inside this beautiful structure surrounded by people from all over the world. It was one of those travel moments where I had to pinch myself to realize I was really there.

Indian Women

These woman saw me, a blond foreigner, and insisted I take a picture of them and their traditional dress. They had come from far away in India in order to see the temple.

This post was inspired by the Weekly Photo Challenge: Unique. To see more entries click here.

63 comments

  1. I’m back on WordPress! I’ve spent almost two months without logging on or posting or reading any other posts. I’ve been so busy, but I sure have missed it! How beautiful must’ve this whole trip been? Wow! I definitely wanna visit India one day.
    I’ve been busy preparing a bunch of awesome posts on my own blog, so keep an eye out for them!

    Daniel
    http://www.myworldatyourfingertips.com

  2. Wow, that is absolutely spectacular! Definitely one for my bucket list 🙂 Do you know what the significance of walking the path in bare feet is? Is it meant to symbolise a historical path or voyage?

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  7. Great article and pictures! I was there in June and experienced the same blistering heat. Did you have a chance to stay for the ceremony? My husband and I were standing in a line outside, but nobody was moving to go in. And after 3 weeks in India, the heat exhaustion was a bit too much to take, so like losers we ran back to our air-conditioned taxi instead. 🙂

    • Oh so you know very well how hot it was to walk barefooted! I did not get to see a ceremony as we were doing a quick day tour but my favorite thing I did that day was a rickshaw ride through the narrow streets of Old Delhi! 🙂

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  15. In my youth I spent considerable time in Bahá’í, it was important experience in forming what is now me, many many years later. I have been to the temple in Uganda but hadn’t heard of this one. The pictures are stunning so the place must be a thief of breaths. Thank you.

    • Thanks! I love those too. India really is a fascinating place. I have only been to Delhi twice for a short time but someday I need to explore more of its craziness!

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  18. Nice blog thanks for sharing such valuable information with us. As we know whole India is known as land of temples but there are many temples in North region of India. We can find each one by just click on North India Temple’s link.

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