Saturday, February 07, 2009

Lotus Temple

This would be the last post in the Delhi series. After...

Delhi >> Red Fort >> Birla Mandir >> India Gate >> Raj Ghat >> Qutub Minar

Had traveled back from Jaipur the previous night. A quick shower and a sumptuous Breakfast. And we set out.

Akashradham Temple was our first stop for the day. I would least appreciate such places. Tight core security and all the richness in the world. The theist in me would neither appreciate the temple nor the sanctum santorum. Shiva-Parvathi, Rama-Sita, Radha-Krishna are made to occupy other small shrines around SwamyNarayana. All the richness, pomp, splendor and grandeur - wonder how the funds would flow-in. The same thoughts echoed, while I visited ISKON. A temple shop which sells everything from Pizza to Vada, at exhorbitant prices. And another selling everything from SwamyNarayana Scissors to SwamyNarayana Magnetic Compass. In all it was disappointing.

The Sun was high up, by the time we reached Lotus Temple. A long walking pathway leads to the Lotus Temple. No security checks, no prohibitions, all you are expected is to leave your footwear.

Built in 1986 this is set among pools and gardens, and adherents of any faith are free to visit the temple and pray or mediate silently according to their religious beliefs.

It just has a huge prayer hall. You are allowed to sit and meditate for long. It was definitely different compared to all places. A quick visit and we exit.

1 comment:

Mridula said...

Such a lovely place, so close to where we live and yet it has been ages since we went there.

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