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Baha'i Temple

Otherwise known as the Lotus Temple, the modern Baha'i Temple has often been compared to the Sydney Opera House. Giant white petals of Rajasthani Macrana marble open out from nine pools and walkways in the shape of an unfolding lotus, symbolising the nine spiritual paths of the Baha'i faith. The crouched yet upright stance and upturned, opening petals hint at the human form in ecstatic prayer. The temple is approached through an attractive formal garden. Inside, the central hall rises to a height of over 30m (98ft), without the visible support of any columns. Visitors should take their shoes off before entering.

Kalkaji Hill
Tel: (011) 2647 0526.
Opening hours: Tue-Sun 0900-1900 (summer); Tue-Sun 0930-1730 (winter), closed Monday.
Free admission

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