Designed by Iranian architect Fariborz Sahba, the Bahai Lotus Temple in Delhi is formed by 27 marble “petals” arrenged in groups of three. The central prayer hall is 40m high, with a marble floor, and has the capacity to hold 2500 worshipers. Manicured gardens with ponds surround the outside of the temple, covering an area of 26 acres.
The temple is free to enter, and is open to all people, regardless of religious background, age, or gender. This is inline with Bahai Law, which underlines the all inclusiveness of all religions.
A holy place of worship for followers of the Bahá'í Faith, the Lotus Temple has won numerous architectural awards, making it one of the most recognisable buildings in India. Like all other Bahá'í places of worship, the temple is open to anyone of any religion. The “petals” of the lotus flower are made of pure marble imported from Greece.