"Is not the object of every Revelation to effect a transformation in the whole character of mankind, a transformation that shall manifest itself, both outwardly and inwardly, that shall affect both its inner life and external conditions?"
General Information about the Baha'i House of Worship
The Temple will remain closed from 1.00 p.m. onwards on Tuesday 1st November and Wednesday 2nd November on the occasion of the Celebration of the Birth Anniversaries of the Bab and Baha’u’llah, the Twin Founders of the Baha’i Faith. (Entry by invitation only)
Summer Timing (1st April to 30th September)
TUESDAY to SUNDAY
Winter Timing (1st October to 31st March)
TUESDAY to SUNDAY
The temple complex consists of the main house of worship with its basement and the ancillary block, which houses a reception centre, a library and the administrative building. The library contains a rich collection of religious books. The inner dome is spherical and patterned after the innermost portion of the lotus flower. It is like a bud consisting of 24 petals and light filters through these inner folds and is diffused through the central hall. While the flooring inside the auditorium is of white marble, the finish of the walkways and stairs of the outer portion is of red sandstone, offering a majestic contrast.
The design of the lotus temple employs the symbol of the lotus, the emblem of divine birth, in unprecedented fashion. The most basic idea in the design is that light and water are used as its two fundamental elements that are also responsible for the ornamentation of the temple in the place of the statues and carving found in other temples. The pools and the fountains also help to cool the air that passes over them into the hall. This is the cheapest method of having a pleasant temperature in the temple.
At present the Bahá'í temple is purely a place of spiritual sustenance; in future, however, it will also be a centre of social service. Around it will eventually come up a home for pilgrims, a school, a university, a hospital, and old people’s home and an orphanage, things which are associated with the Bahá'í community and humanity. The theme being that worship is complete only when prayers are coupled with deeds of stainless purity.
The remarkable aspect of all this is that all the work done so far has been funded through voluntary contributions made only by Bahá'ís throughout the world with a large sum having been provided by the believers in India. An Indian scholar visiting the temple summed up this spirit of universal participation among the Bahá'ís when he told the architect, "The Taj Mahal was built with the power of a king, but you are building this majestic edifice with the power of love."
The Information Centre provides information on different facets of the Bahá'í Faith in the form of photo panels, written text and films. The centre features a visitor’s gallery, a main auditorium with a seating capacity of over 400, and two smaller 70-seater auditoriums.