Saturday, June 21, 2008

Pilgrimage Special: From a Distance

The Bahá'í House of Worship in New Delhi is popularly known as the Lotus Temple. It looks like a lotus and no doubt, was inspired by one. An Iranian, Fariborz designed it and Ardishír Rustampúr of Hyderabad gave his entire life savings for its construction. Since its completion in 1986, it has become a prominent attraction. Besides winning numerous architectural awards and being featured in hundreds of newspaper and magazine articles, it has become one of the most visited buildings in the world, its numbers of visitors in certain years even surpassing those of Eiffel Tower and Taj Mahal. In my second visit to India, I got to visit the temple but since we went on a Monday, we had to make do with just admiring it from a distance. The temple was closed on a Monday and that goes to say: Make sure the place you are visiting is open on the day you visit!

Vendors outside the gates of the Lotus Temple...

The Lotus Temple... From a Distance...





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2 comments:

Liudmila said...

I've never heared about it... Interesting construction. But I would prefere the antique temples. This one is without life. Antique temples seem to be alive. For me.

footiam said...

Give it a hundred years and it will be an antique and alive!

Have another serving of Travel Pangs!