1. a building devoted to the worship of a god or gods.
The Baha’i House of Worship also known as the Lotus Temple has become one of the most visited places in the world with 8,000 to 10,000 visitors per day. Of course one of the reasons being its modern and universal design in the form of a lotus which is the national flower of India representing supreme reality but it has also attracted visitors with the teachings of the Baha’i Faith especially its tenets of the Oneness of God, the Oneness of Religions, and the Oneness of Mankind.
This temple has been declared simply as a place of worship and meditation; no distinction for religion, race, ages or sex. It is a place where everyone and all can come and jointly pray and worship their gods/supreme beings as a one single community which is the main teaching of its prophet Baha’u’llah.
India has been associated with the Baha’i Faith right from its inception in 1844, as one of the first eighteen people who recognized and accepted the Bab, the forerunner of Baha’u’llah, was from India. Today, over 2 million Baha’is representing the great diversity of the Indian nation live in every state of India in over 10,000 localities.
Baha’u’llah is the Prophet of the Baha’i Faith. He is regarded by Baha’is as the most recent Divine Teacher in the line of the Messengers of God that have enlightened the peoples of the earth with their divine teachings. These include Divine Teachers such as Abraham, Moses, Buddha, Krishna, Zoroaster, Christ and Muhammad. The central theme of Baha’u’llah’s message is that humanity is one single race and that the day has come for its unification into one global society. The principal challenge facing the peoples of the earth, as perceived by Baha’u’llah, is to accept their oneness and, to assist the processes of unification of the entire human race and to thereby carry forward an ever-advancing civilization.
This Bahá’í House of Worship of the Indian subcontinent joins six other Bahá’í Houses of Worship around the world: Apia, Western Samoa; Sydney, Australia; Kampala, Uganda; Panama City, Panama; Frankfurt, Germany; Wilmette, USA. Each of these Houses of Worship, while sharing some basic design concepts, has its own distinct cultural identity embodying the principle of unity in diversity.