Lotus Temple

Lotus Temple, New Delhi

9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Sunday
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
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This architectural wonder looks like an enormous lotus blossom, reminiscent of the Sydney Opera House. Too bad the interior isn't even worth a look.
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AirborneSpoon
Cary, NC11 contributions
Apr 2022 • Solo
The Lotus Temple is located on clean and well kept grounds, clean is the key word here because not all places in India are clean and kept. There is also a small but informative museum on the temple grounds alo with souvenir and food stands directly off the grounds. All in all its a quick 1 hour visit with nothing to see but an interesting temple and green grounds.
Written 28 April 2022
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Surya Katakam
Hyderabad, India1,709 contributions
Apr 2022
Lotus temple is an architectural delight and is also known as the Taj of Modern India and is located near Kalkaji Mandir. It is famous for its flower like shape and is one of the most popular tourist attraction of New Delhi. More than 40 Lakh tourists visit this temple every year and about 10000 people come to the place every day. It took around 10 years to design and build this temple. The construction began on 21st April 1980 and completed on 24th December 1986. This temple along with spacious gardens spread across 26 acres.

Architecture of Lotus temple:
This Bahai's lotus temples was designed by the Iranian architect Fariborz Sahba. The whole complex is structured in such a way that it will show case a beautiful Lotus flower inside water pond. The exterior part of the temple as three sets of which the outermost set has nine petals that form the nine entrance leaves and are opened outwards surrounding the lotus main lotus petals. these petals are surrounded by nine pools that depict the leaves of the lotus flower. The nine pools in turn are surrounded by beautifully curved railings with bridges, stairs and pathways. The next set has nine petals known as the inner leaves the are seen as half closed while the last set has petals the close to form the central dome that houses the main central hall which has a glass roof through which sunlight reaches the central hall. The whole complex from top to bottom is made of pure marble panels, and their structure has been reinforced with 300 tons of galvanized bars to avoid the risk of rust staining on the body. This house of worship consists of a central prayer hall with 9 entrances. The main hall has the capacity to seat 1300 people and hold up to 2500 in all.

Interesting Facts about Lotus temple:
1. This entire construction is built by Voluntary contributions received from the Baha's community of India as well as world Baha's community. The white lotus represents the Bahai Faith, an independent world religion. The Bahai faith is the youngest of the world's independent religions found by Baha Ullah. it works on the vision of humanity as one global family.
2. There is no distinction and discrimination of the religion and it is open to all. Anyone irrespective of religious background, Gender or other distinctions can enter the temple as is the case with all Baha's houses of Worship.
3. The white marble used in the construction of the temple is imported from Greece. It was sent to Italy where each panel was carefully cut and carved into the required shape and size and then transported to Delhi. More than 10,000 different sizes of marble were used in the construction of the structure.
4. The Delhi Lotus temple is the seventh and latest Bahai House of worship in the world. The remaining six located in Australia's Sydney, Panama City of Panama, Apia of Western Samoa, Kampala in Uganda, Frankfurt in Germany and Willamette of the USA.
5. The prayers in the hall are called "conversation with God" and meditation is declared as the "Key for opening the doors of mysteries"

Temple timings:
Morning 09:00 to Evening 07:00 in Summer
Morning 09:30 to Evening 05:30 in Winter
Monday temple will be closed for Visitors
Written 27 April 2022
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Sharad_Ind
Ajmer, India117 contributions
Mar 2022
The weather was hot and my visit experience was made worse due to weekend. There was a long queue of people waiting to enter the premises.

The structure looks stunning with lush gardens surrounding it. There is no entry fee but you cannot take eatables inside. Water bottles are allowed.

You are allowed only to take a round of the building from outside as the gates are locked for public entry. May be this was due to the huge crowd gathered.

The only place where you can have some relief from the scorching sun is the little shade outside the closed building gate. There are no benches to sit. You may sit on floor though before making all the way back to outside.

Avoid in summer especially if you are travelling with family. If you are still too keen, just look it from distance and that will be good enough.

There is no decent option outside for a quick meal. The snacks being served outside by the street vendors looks unhygienic and unhealthy in such weather. Paid parking is available.
Written 21 March 2022
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Mayank Rajput
New Delhi, India24 contributions
Jan 2022 • Friends
My friend who already visited lotus temple before but me going to first time with my friend. We reached on 11 am that morning and fully enjoyed.
Written 14 February 2022
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James H
Latham, NY126 contributions
Dec 2021
Loved visiting this beautiful Bahai temple. The museum near the entry is definitely worth a visit as well. Prayer hall is still closed to the public due to COVID, which is a shame. Maybe will get to see it some other time.
Written 10 January 2022
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Niket Kumar Dixit
Bengaluru, India43 contributions
Dec 2021 • Family
Visited this place on Christmas and it was so crowded. Felt it was one of the most popular tourist attractions in Delhi. You can't miss Lotus Temple if you are in Delhi, due to its sheer brilliant and mesmerizing architecture.
Written 28 December 2021
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Rajiv Jois
Bengaluru, India4 contributions
Nov 2021
Monday to Saturday 8am - 5pm (Sunday Closed)

Lotus Temple is one of the iconic places in Delhi. It is a must visit place for every tourist visiting Delhi. We visited it on Sunday and was disappointed to see that the weekly holiday is changed to Sunday (Many online sources say that it is closed on Monday). We had to come back on another day for the visit

Prayer hall is also closed till further notice due to the covid restrictions.

You can take the Delhi Metro to reach Kalkaji Mandir station. Take the Gate No.2 exit which is around 250 mts walk to the Lotus Temple entry gate

The entry is free to the campus and the main hall is around 300 mts from the entry gate. The lawns and landscaping around, is very beautiful and will walk you till the main hall.

You can roam around the campus, go close to the temple, click pictures and relax for sometime. But you are not allowed to go inside the hall.

Washrooms are near the entrance and there is no washroom near the hall or information centre. Please make sure you ask for the proper information before you enter.

Please make sure you visit in the morning as soon as possible just to make sure the crowd is less and you avoid long queues & waiting time.

There are a few local eateries (not so clean) and vendors selling beverages like coconut water, tea, soda etc etc... But there is no proper restaurants around the temple or the Metro station
Written 1 December 2021
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Vivek
1 contribution
Nov 2021 • Family
Place is good but security staff is very rude. Food is not allowed inside. Visitors will come to know that food is not allowed only at temple entrance gate so it's disappointing. Security staff throw food in dustbin . Also the way security staff tells visitors that food is not allowed inside is very disappointing and rude. Seen visitors arguing with staff because of security staff rude behaviour. Women security personnel is very rude. If some visitor is short tempered, then visitor person will definitely argue with security staff because security staff is very rude. Security staff can tell and guide people in more polite manner. 1 star for rudeness of security staff and I will never visit again. If someone wants to lose their self esteem, then they can come as security staff will make you realise that you are just nothing for them.
Written 27 November 2021
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Rahul Mishra
New Delhi, India171 contributions
Nov 2020
The photogenic monument with unique surrounded by beautiful garden.
you can club the trip with the famous Kalkaji temple Delhi, both places are very close.
Written 14 August 2021
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A Choudhury
New Delhi, India112 contributions
Feb 2021 • Friends
The temple is very beautiful, neat and clean. The design is very innovative, lots of greenery around and photography is permitted. Worth visiting for a couple of hours.
Written 10 May 2021
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