The Lotus Temple, located in New Delhi, India, is a Bahai House of Worship completed in 1986. Notable for its flower like shape, it serves as the Mother Temple of the Indian subcontinent and has become a prominent attraction in the city. The Lotus Temple has won numerous architectural awards and been featured in hundreds of newspaper and magazine articles.Like all other Bahai Houses of Worship, the Lotus Temple is open to all, regardless of religion, or any other distinction, as emphasized in Bahai texts. The Bahai laws emphasize that the spirit of the House of Worship be that it is a gathering place where people of all religions may worship God without denominational restrictions.The Bahai laws also stipulate that not only the holy scriptures of the Bahai Faith but also those of other religions can be read and/or chanted inside the House of Worship regardless of language; while readings and prayers can be set to music by choirs, no musical instruments can be played inside. Furthermore, no sermons can be delivered, and there can be no ritualistic ceremonies practised.
Opened: November 13, 1986
Architectural style: Expressionist architecture
Architect: Fariborz Sahba