Since its inauguration for public worship and visits, in December 1986, the Bahá’í House of Worship in New Delhi, India, has attracted more than 70 million visitors to its portals, making it one of the most The world. On average, 8,000 to 10,000 people visit the Bahá’í House of Worship every day. These visitors have admired their universal design in the form of a lotus flower and have been fascinated by the teachings of the Bahá’í Faith, especially their principles of God’s oneness, unity of religions, and Unity of Humanity.
The Lotus Temple in India
It is possible to see in the architecture of India, a measure unknown probably in other places, because the roots of the religion are seen of a clear and distinct way. Significant and powerful symbols that can be seen in the building and its ornamentation, and even in the environments in which they have been placed, are inspired by the religious convictions of the people, the convictions that form an integral part of the Indian way of seeing life.
The same shrubs that grow in the corner of the temple courtyard or the color of the temple wall can tell us what religion the temple belongs to. In this way we can discover the allegorical meanings that the forms, colors and statues in a temple are intended to convey, to the point that we can call Indian architecture an architecture of symbols, in which hidden meanings inhabit all Their forms. These hidden meanings have a close and inspiring relationship with the lives of the people of this country.
In this context, we are faced with two major issues related to the design of the Bahá’í House of Worship for India. We understand from some of the statements of Shoghi Effendi, the Guardian of the Bahá’í Faith, that the Bahá’í Temple must be a symbol of the manifestation of the Bahá’í Faith, revealing the simplicity, clarity, and freshness of this new revelation.
On the other hand, as in respecting the basic beliefs of religions in the past, the temple should act as a constant reminder to the followers of each faith, conveying that all the religions of God are one, and that the Bahá’í Faith ‘ Although it may have many new features, it does not separate from the life of the Indian people, but rather, it approaches it with love and respect.
Basing research on previous sentiments, and seeking at all times to discover a common thread of the symbology of the many religions and sects that can be found today in India, a study was conducted in the hope that they could prepare a design Which would be familiar to the people of India.
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