The Lotus temple is located in New Delhi, India. The building was completed on November 13, 1986 and opened on December 24, 1986. The Lotus Temple has won numerous architectural awards and magazine articles. Inspired by the lotus flower, the design for the House of Worship in New Delhi is composed of 27 free-standing marble clad “petals” arranged in clusters of three to form nine sides. The nine floors of the Lotus Temple open onto a central hall slightly more than 40 meters tall. It is capable of holding up to 2,500 people. The surface of the House of Worship is made of white marble from Penteli Mountain in Greece. The Lotus Temple property comprises 26 acres (105,000m²). The site is in the village of Bahapur, in the National Capital territory of Delhi. The architect is Fariborz Sahba. Notable for its flowerlike shape, it serves as the Mother Temple of the Indian subcontinent and has become a prominent attraction in the city. Since its inauguration to public worship in December 1986, the Bahá'í House of Worship in Delhi has attracted more than 70 million visitors, making it one of the most visited buildings in the world. On an average, 8,000 to 10,000 people visit the House of Worship each day. In 1987, Mr. Fariborz Sahba was presented the award for excellence in religious art and architecture by the UK-based Institution of Structural Engineers for producing a building “so emulating the beauty of a flower and so striking in its visual impact”. The diameter of the Lotus Temple is 70m while the height is 34.27m. The seating capacity is 1,300. Lotus is a symbol of peace, purity, love and immortality. It is this particular specialty of Lotus flower which makes the flower an important icon in Indian culture and society.
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