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Recipient of many accolades and architectural awards, the Lotus Temple (formally known as the Bahai Temple) was completed in 1986. It is one of the most important cultural attractions in the city, and the line just to see it can literally be miles long! Because of its status as one of the Bahai Houses of Worship, worshippers worldwide (and from a wide array of religious practices) come to visit New Delhi solely to see this architectural work of art.
The shape of the landmark itself is quite remarkable; it is in the formation of a lotus flower, hence its name, with 27 marble petals making up the nine-sided structure. The temple was created in order to serve the needs of individuals of all faiths. As the Bahai texts say, it is like this for a reason to encourage the assembly of all faiths and cultures.
An interesting fact about this landmark is that no sermons can be given here; instead, followers are encouraged to chant or read their own scriptures (or holy writings) aloud and/or with a live choir. Masses, however, are not held here. All you need to do is simply show up and pray at your own pace and rhythm; make sure you bring your own lecture stand, as the temple is completely empty per order of the Bahai texts!
The temple can hold a maximum of 2,500 people, but on some religious holidays it may see as many as 150,000!!! The popularity of this cultural attraction, in fact, has surpassed that of the Eiffel Tower and the Taj Mahal.
worship: culto, adoración
hence its name: de ahí su nombre
landmark: punto de referencia, edificio emblemático
to show up: aparacer
pace: ritmo (velocidad)
lectura stand: podio
per order of: por orden de
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