The Lotus Temple, located in Delhi, India, is a distinctive and revered architectural marvel that serves as a Bahá’í House of Worship. Completed in 1986, the temple is renowned for its striking lotus flower-inspired design and serves as a symbol of peace, unity, and the oneness of humanity. The Lotus Temple is one of seven Bahá’í Houses of Worship around the world, each characterized by a unique architectural style and open to people of all religious backgrounds.
Architecturally designed by Iranian-Canadian architect Fariborz Sahba, the Lotus Temple features 27 free-standing marble-clad “petals” arranged in clusters of three to form nine sides, creating the appearance of a blossoming lotus flower. The lotus, an ancient symbol of purity and spirituality in various cultures, was chosen to embody the temple’s message of purity and the beauty of diversity.