Bahá'í Lotus Temple – New Delhi, India - Atlas Obscura

Bahá'í Lotus Temple

A blooming house of worship for the masses. 


Sprouting as a symbol of beauty and togetherness, the Bahá’í Lotus Temple welcomes all religions and peoples to worship. The pristine white petals of the temple are meant to symbolize folding man and nature into a wholesome oneness.

Since its completion in 1986, the Lotus Temple in New Delhi has seen 70 million visitors and is said to be more frequented than the Eiffel Tower and Taj Mahal. Its elegant design has made it the toast of the architectural world, and the peaceful and accepting principles behind its creation have made it a 21st-century monument to interfaith cooperation.

Visitors approach the Temple to one of its nine entrances, passing by lush blue-green pools and pristine walkways. After entering the massive temple, visitors find themselves elbow to elbow with a quilt of diversity, who have also come to marvel at the 130-foot-high gathering space that can hold 2,500 people. No matter what your beliefs, a visit to the temple and its 26 acres of tranquil gardens will leave you with a sense of peace and understanding.

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