Like many of you, I have marvelled at the huge green dome of this temple from afar. And yet, each time people asked what they could do over the weekend I gleefully suggested, “you must visit the Bahai Temple, its spectcular”. What they didn’t know, is that I had never visited it before. But not anymore!
It was a cloudy day and threatening to rain. I wasn’t sure how it would end, but I was determined to visit the temple. It has two entrance gates and ample parking space. I used the gate further from the reception/National Bahai Center and instantly added a few meters to my planned walk (not a bad thing, huh!?). Rules and regulations governing the temple are clearly written on a sign post at the gate, take time to read them. This is how my day went;
- The information boards
One advantage of using the entrance I used, is that you wind up at the main temple entrance, where the information boards stand. Not much is known about the Bahai faith, so reading up provides the much-needed context.
- The National Bahai Center/Reception
Say hello to the receptionist and get as much information about the faith and the temple from here. If you plan to use a professional camera, you must seek permission from here. According to the website, it is usually open from 9am to 5pm.
- A walk around the temple
Take a leisurely walk around the temple and keep outside the clearly marked concrete boundary. Feel free to sit down and take as many pictures as you please.
- Garden tales
Enjoy the tales of colourful flowers and gigantic trees spread out around the serene gardens. You can even take a nap if you please. Up here, the sound of the city is almost blocked out and filled by silence and gentle breezes.
- Post card angles
Wrap it up with a post card picture because everyone needs one of these in their albums. Go take yours this weekend!