Sunday, October 26, 2008

The Lotus Temple

After church, we chose to see some sights in the area. We've figured out the auto-rickshaw taxi system, and it's by far the best way to get around town. It's very inexpensive, and you sure get up close and personal to every other vehicle on the street. The Lotus Temple is a very famous worship destination for the Baha'i faith. The temple is shaped like the lotus flower, something very important in India. It's massive! No photos were allowed inside. We also had to take off our shoes just to approach it, so we walked around barefoot for a long time. There is absolutely no talking allowed inside--it's a holy place for meditation and prayer. After the temple, we went through the visitor center and learned a great deal about this religion.

3 comments:

Nancy Heiss said...

Crazy architecture! It kind of reminds me of the Sydney Opera house...

SMK said...

very nice - though it's spelled "Baha'i"....

The architect also did the pattern for the Terraced Gardens on Mt. Carmel if I recall - see here.

Karen said...

Thanks for the spelling reminder--I had a feeling it was wrong but didn't have my information in front of me when I posted my original blog.