Lotus Temple: History and Facts
- The Lotus Temple is one of the remarkable constructions of the Bahai faith.
- The Bahai religion was founded by Baha-ullah, a Persian nobleman from Tehran. Bahai followers believe that there is only one God.
- The Lotus Temple is located at Kalkaji in New Delhi.
- This temple is designed in the shape of a lotus flower because the lotus is regarded as a symbol of peace, purity, love and immortality.
- The temple looks like a half opened lotus flower with 27 freestanding petals made of marble.
- The construction work for this temple took almost a decade to complete. The temple was finally opened to the public in 1986.
- Over 800 engineers, technicians, workers and artisans worked on the construction of the Lotus Temple.
- The temple can accommodate 2500 people.
- The temple is about 40 meters tall and is surrounded by nine ponds.
- The marble to build this temple was flown in from Greece.
- The Lotus Temple was designed by a Persian architect Fariborz Sahba from Canada.
- The Lotus Temple is open to people from all religions.
- The Lotus Temple is amongst the most visited monuments in India.
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