unique lotus shaped marvel in marble is enclosed by a landscaped
garden and is a symbol of peace. To built this temple several
traditional Indian means of construction were employed together with
the most contemporary Western engineering designs and patterns.
Fariborz Sahba, Canadian architect of Iranian origin in collaboration
with a team of about 800 technicians, engineers, artisans and workers
built this complex structure.
building of the temple is enclosed by 45 lotus petals form the walls
and 9 pools.
temple is made of cement, marble, sand and dolomite. The temple is 34
m from floor to apex, 70 m in diameter, with a seating capacity for
The nine pools on the elevated platform signify the green leaves of
the lotus. These pools are not only a prominent characteristic of the
temple but also keep the building cool. In the Bahai faith, the number
nine represents unity.
lotus shaped structure has two layers. One layer consists of the nine
white marble-covered petals that point to heaven, and the other layer
encompasses nine petals that cover the gateways. There are no
religious icons inside the temple, inside the temple there are only
copies of the Holy Scriptures and wooden pews. By doing meditation and
prayer in this temple, people develop their sense of discipline and
strength of character.
lotus flower indicate peace and purity, a symbol of the Manifestation
of God, to the people of India. This ancient symbol has been given a
contemporary and modern form in the structure of the Baha'i temple.
This temple is a perfect place for meditation and to acquire
tranquility and peace.
Bahai faith consider that meditation and prayer are the two important
instruments for the growth of the human soul, both in this world and
act of praying is described as 'Conversation with God' and meditation
is recognized as the 'Key for opening the doors of mysteries'.
The main aim of the Bahai Faith is to unite the hearts of the people
and bring them closer to their Creator. The Bahai Faith believes in
oneness of God, oneness of mankind and oneness of religions.