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Remarkable modern architecture in white – The Lotus Temple, New Delhi

Lotus Temple

Beholding a 34-meter high, 70-meter long, brilliant white lotus flower can inspire awe in the heart of anyone, no matter where they come from or what they’ve been through. Built in 1986, the Lotus Temple is a house of worship for the Baha’i Faith and has won many architectural awards.

Welcoming white petals

The Lotus Temple consists of 27 white marble petals, arranged into a perfect lotus flower with nine sides. White is used in architecture to signify purity and simplicity. Scientifically speaking, white is actually not a colour at all. White is simply a reflection of all the visible colours of the light spectrum.

The property of white representing all colours mirrors the openness of the Baháʼí Faith. All people of all religions are welcome at the Lotus Temple. 10,000 visitors frequent the temple daily, where meditation, prayer and study are carried out. No ceremonies, sermons or musical instruments are allowed in the temple.

Pollution infringing the purity of the temple

The once-pristine Greek marble used to build the temple is under threat. Environmental pollutants from cars and factories are causing irreversible damage to the structure. Despite washing the entire building every three months, the marble is greying and holes are developing from corrosion. A petition was filed to the National Green Tribunal hoping to saving the temple.