8) Baha’i House of Worship – Lotus Temple, New Delhi, India
Rising from the ground like the infamous Phoenix, the flower-like white marble Lotus Temple bursts forth like a new bud reaching for the sun.
The massive flower structure isn’t overpowering. It remains an intricate piece of the landscape with non-imposing, simple, clean, and streamlined lines.
Designed by architect Furiburz Sabha and completed in 1986, the temple is one of the most visited destinations having drawn over 70 million visitors since opening its doors.
A self-guided tour allows visitors to experience the peace and serenity of the temple at a leisurely pace. You’ll access the Prayer Hall designed for quiet meditation and silent prayer for all religions.
Detailed landscaping, nine pools of water that light up at night, statues, and colored walls in the courtyard that signify the temple’s religion, complement the structure. Each of these elements is meant to symbolize nature. The temple is open to the public during the summer, April through September, and winter, October through March.
Visits last from 30-40 minutes. The visitor information center provides information including photos, video, leaflets, and a library. There are seven major Baha’i temples located around the world. The New Delhi Lotus is the last to be built.