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Key Facts & Information
- Like all Bahá’í Houses of Worship, the Lotus Temple is open to all, regardless of religion or any other qualification.
- The building is composed of 27 free-standing marble-clad “petals” arranged in clusters of three to form nine sides, with nine doors opening onto a central hall with a height of slightly over 34.27 metres and a capacity of 2,500 people.
- The Lotus Temple has won numerous architectural awards and has been featured in many newspaper and magazine articles.
- A 2001, CNN report referred to it as the most visited building in the world.
- In the early 21st century, it was one of only seven mashriqi in the world. The Lotus Temple was consecrated and opened to the public in December 1986.
- It was designed by Iranian architect Fariborz Sahba, who won acclaim for the project even before the temple was completed.
- The Lotus Temple derives its name from its design. Like every other Bahāʾī mashriq, it is characterized by a nine-sided construction, in keeping with the Bahāʾī belief in the mystical properties of the number nine.
- Set on an elevated plinth in a 26-acre (10.5-hectare) expanse of landscaped gardens and surrounded by nine pools bordered by red sandstone walkways, the white marble edifice rises to a height of more than 130 feet (40 metres).
- The temple complex comprises 27 independent marble “petals,” which are clustered into groups of three to form nine sides (through which open nine entrances into a central space) and into groups of nine to form three concentric rings.
- Petals in the first ring face outward, forming canopies over the nine entrances. The second ring covers the outer hall. In the innermost ring, the petals curve inward to partially enclose the central prayer hall, which accommodates about 2,500 people.
- The top of the structure appears open but actually contains a glass-and-steel roof that admits natural daylight. The overall effect is that of a floating lotus flower and is a Bahāʾī symbol of purity, beauty, and divinity on the verge of blooming and surrounded by its leaves.
- The lotus flower is a sacred flower for Hindus for its glory and purity in the Indian culture and society. Hindus believe that the flower is a symbol of love, peace, purity, and immortality.
- These peculiar qualities of the flower became the important icon in Hindu history. So the purity and peculiarity of the flower inspired the design of the temple.
- The temple was completed in 1986 as a Bahai Temple. Since then it is recognised as a beautiful and splendid temple in India.
- Every year, thousands of tourists visit this sacred monument and enjoy it by looking at the temple’s inside structures.
- The magnificent architecture and designs are admired by many from far and wide every year.
Lotus Temple Worksheets
This is a fantastic bundle which includes everything you need to know about the Lotus Temple across 20 in-depth pages. These are ready-to-use Lotus Temple worksheets that are perfect for teaching students about the Lotus Temple, located in Delhi, India, which is a Bahá’í House of Worship that was dedicated on December 1986. Notable for its flowerlike shape, it has become a prominent attraction in the city.
Complete List Of Included Worksheets
- Lotus Temple in New Delhi, India Facts
- Give Me Facts!
- Jumbled Lotus
- The Contributors!
- LTNDI Puzzle
- Words to Know
- My Temple!
- What News?
- Lotus Word
- LTNDI Analysis
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