Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Delhi dash 2 – Lotus Temple & 108 Foot Shri Sankat Mochan Dham

My train was supposed to reach New Delhi by morning half past eight but the overnight foggy air coupled with Indian railways’ well known punctuality made my arrival just before twelve noon! The purpose of my visit was purely official once again, so, didn’t make any major travel plan but certainly I had made a rough sketch in my mind to cover some tourist spots which are easily accessible by Delhi metro and could be utilised to spend my five-six free hours. But situation turned out to be completely different and I was left with two-three hours to pamper my touring spree… after all I had a return tatkal ticket of seven O’ clock evening from Old Delhi station following the collection of my document from office at four. With my backpack, camera and a half-bitter mind started the Delhi dash…
Last time I couldn’t enter Lotus temple as it was a Monday so I wanted to close that old file this time. The actual name of Lotus temple is Baha’i House of Worship and it is popularly known as Lotus temple owing to its design like a big white lotus whose petals are made up of white concrete and clad in white Greek marble panels. I would like to share little more info about this exquisite elegant structure Lotus temple which I got to know from the free booklet distributed by volunteers to the tourists. The Baha’i House of Worship of the Indian subcontinent is the latest of seven edifices raised in different parts of the world (Apia, Sydney, Kampala, Panama City, Frankfurt, Wilmette), each with its distinctive design, each inviting peoples of all religions and races to worship the Creator of the Universe and to express the love between God and man. The lotus shaped House of Worship is surrounded by nine large pools of water that, not only enhance the beauty of the building but also play a significant role in the natural cooling system of the prayer hall. The common characteristic of Baha’i Houses of worship is that they are all nine-sided because nine is the highest digit and symbolises comprehensiveness, oneness and unity. If you’re coming from New/Old Delhi railway station you get the corresponding metro station just outside the railway station compound which will be the yellow line (Delhi metro route is divided into six colours, checkout their website for exact understanding) and you have to get down at Central Secretariat metro station to change to violet line for Kalkaji Mandir station. It is useful to know that Lotus temple is an easy five minutes walk from Kalkaji Mandir Metro station whereas some fifteen minutes from Nehru Place metro station but if you ask customer care of Delhi Metro they’ll advice you to reach Lotus temple from Nehru Place and in Nehru Place station also you’ll find big photo frame of Lotus temple for tourists… now I call it an old database error!









My next destination was Karol Bagh metro station which is in blue line. A good fifteen minutes walk from there brought me to the Link road before a colossal 108 feet statue of Hanumanji. The speeding metro passing at the level of the chest of the Hanumanji’s tatue gives one a chance to see two very different India on a same canvas- an India so rich with her traditions, cultures, myths, mythologies and religions and another India which is accelerating rapidly towards ‘God knows where’ direction. The Hanumanji’s statue in 108 Foot Shri Sankat Mochan Dham is very unique for another reason. As in epic ‘Ramayan’ the statue of Hanumanji, through its automatic electronic system, shows the presence of Lord Rama and Goddess Sita in His chest by tearing it from the middle before thousands of devotees who gather around the statue to have a glimpse twice a week on Tuesdays and Saturdays at 8.15 a.m. and 8.15 p.m. As per their website this is the highest Hanuman statue in the world! My Delhi dash ended prematurely and I discovered that 108 Foot Shri Sankat Mochan Dham is only five minutes away from Jhandewala metro station! In the evening, while chomping momos I watched the news of protest before India Gate in restaurant TV… I found it cruel to end my Delhi dash with a Delhi belly… so prayed for the poor rape victim and thanked Hanumanji for my gender… really Thank God I’m an Indian man of 21st century. 


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  9. Very beautiful pictures. Thanks for sharing. You can experience calm like never before, for the main temple area prohibits visitors from making any noise whatsoever. This exemplifies the true nature of Buddhist traditions, which lays emphasis on meditation as a means to experience divinity. Enjoy the lush green surroundings and maybe even lounge around for a picnic. Winner of a number of architectural awards, Lotus Temple is truly a sight to behold, especially in the night when it is all lit up in breathtaking splendour. Check out Lotus Temple timings, entry fee, visit duration etc.

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