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.
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.
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.
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.
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