Lotus Temple, Bahāʾī Faith house of worship, or mashriq al-adhkār (Arabic; a place where the uttering of the name of......
Lotus Temple, Bahāʾī Faith house of worship, or mashriq al-adhkār (Arabic; a place where the uttering of the name of God arises at dawn), in New Delhi. In the early 21st century it was one of only seven mashriqs in the world.
The temple controls 27 marble petals that form clusters to look like lotus. There are nine openings to the temple in regards to the nine anatomical openings of a human body.
Lotus temple preaches Baha I Faith, a concept that includes all religions of the world as one. A person of any religion or creed can visit the temple and take part in the rituals. No religious script is allowed inside the temple. No lectures, sermons or spiritual meetings are allowed inside the temple. Musical prayers are conducted by instruments from time to time.
The temple holds no pictures or statues of any worship form. There is no altar or platform inside the temple. The temple can hold more than 2,400 people at the same time. The surface of the temple is made of white marble imported from Greece.
The temple is surrounded by nine ponds and gardens covering 26 acres in total. There is an information center inside the complex, which holds paintings that explains the unity of all religions. The temple hosts several classes from time to time to spread humanity, peace, affection, truth and courage.