So far I thought of Lotus Temple as a reply to Australia’s Opera House. In reality, it is much more than that. When I visited this place this January, I made my introduction to another religion called Baha’i just like I made it with Bon people. For the information, Baha’i are those who believe in oneness of everything. Bahá’u’lláh is founder of Baha’i faith whose teachings say “We are a family, hence we are one –  Let it be God, Culture or anything else”. They believe that Hinduism, Islam, Christianity, Buddhism all lead to a single definition GOD hence, god is one. Even though, other religions also state the same fact but the way Baha’i people work is incredible. They welcome people of any religion to their places, believe in their believes & set a great example of oneness. I personally believe that there is much need of such scenario considering present day conflicts, wars happening all over the world on the name of religion.

About Lotus Temple, yes its a temple, what happens inside is nothing fancy. People from all communities sits together and spend time together in very peace. At that level silence, you can even hear someone whispering at his/her best. There are total 7 major Baha’i Temples in whole world. One of them is Lotus Temple in Delhi.

Moment I reached Bahapur, that look of Lotus Temple from parking spot got the excitement out of me and worked for a best GET SET.

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Soon, I started heading towards the temple, the overall view was finally revealed and something majestic was waiting for. But wait.. moment we entered the gates, on our right side was a building (a kind of library) which made us to visit it first. Hence, when you are there, don’t forget to look right 😛 . That was more like a museum with collection of books, pictures instruments & numerous models.

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Bahai’s from different communities

Another interesting model which I came up with was of Lotus Temple itself. A small mockup of giant temple was decorated in a glass which was damn cute.

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Not only the mock-up, they also have under-construction model of it.

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So Much To See!

After we left the museum, Lotus Temple was standing right in front of me & the surrounding reminded me of my trip to Taj.

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Just like me, most of people around did not actually know much about building. Most of them were with their girlfriends, others on a picnic program. However, I took of my shoes & started looking at the water pools, corners, nice steps built near the temple. On one side, few mentors were asking people to stand in a line, who were about to enter the temple.

There was a small introduction made to the people by mentors. Probably, they were not native Indians, not at-least by their accent. This short summary introduced me to the Baha’i religion which was very new to me. Next task was to enter the temple, where I was expecting something different which I have never seen, excited me though. But moment I entered it, there was nothing except sitting desks. Like how you see in church. They told us to sit there for how long we want to and maintain peace. When everyone was on chairs, it was way too silent, that even if someone moves a bit, I could hear that. Complete hall was almost empty with nothing except few windows and an opening on the very top center. That was it.

No matter who is sitting with you, he could be a Muslim, Christian or someone who does not even believe in God, but yet we are sitting together, doing no harm, no arguments, nothing. This was like a clear message to humanity to get adjusted in modern day. Seems like a legit way to resolve the differences, hatredness among people and set up something which is compatible to everyone & that’s peace.

To be honest, I was impressed.

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After 15 minutes, I came out with a small notebook handed over by volunteers which had everything well briefed about the Baha’i faith.

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In first look, this place does not look religious, but when you get into it, you get a fine crafted solution for most of things which sounds totally unexpected. This trip added lot of things into my mind, got to learn something new and made my day. Its a worth visit, especially if you planning to be in Delhi someday.