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New Delhi, India (Completed 1986)

The Bahá’í House of Worship in New Delhi, which is considered as India’s symbol of communal harmony by the Government of India, was dedicated to the people of India and all humanity in December 1986.

It exemplifies the essential principles of the Bahá’í Faith. It is a monument dedicated to the unity of God, unity of all religions and unity of humankind. It stands as another testimony to the efforts of the Bahá’ís of India towards the promotion of communal harmony, and unity in diversity. It attracts to its portals more than 4 million visitors of diverse religious backgrounds and nationalities every year.

Under its dome, people from all walks of life come and pray from various Holy Scriptures in supplication to the one Creator of all humanity. The Bahá'í House of Worship provides opportunities for children, junior youth and youth and adults to participate in spiritual classes for their all round growth and development. These activities exemplify the role of the Bahá'í House of Worship in integration of worship with service which is a cardinal principle of the Bahá'í Faith. The Bahá'í House of Worship also houses institutions of higher learning for intellectual training of the youth in order to prepare them for meaningful participation in social discourses.

The contribution of the Bahá'í House of Worship to the Indian society gets its inspiration from this quotation from the writings of Bahá'u'lláh, "Is not the object of every Revelation to effect a transformation in the whole character of mankind, a transformation that shall manifest itself, both outwardly and inwardly, that shall affect both its inner life and external conditions?"

Baha'i House of Worship in Apia, Samoa (Completed 1984)

The foundation stone of the Baha'i House of Worship in Apia, Western Samoa was laid in 1979 by His Highness Malietoa Tanumafili II, King of Western Samoa, the first head of state to become a Baha'i.

Construction of the House of Worship was completed in 1984. Rising amid a lush tropical landscape, the structure resembles "fales"--round homes with wooden beams supporting a curved, thatched roof--found throughout the island.

The House of Worship's interior is ornamented by wooden carvings and tappa designs similar to those that embellish the bark cloth of the Pacific region.

Baha'i House of Worship in Ashkabad, Turkestan (Completed 1908, Demolished in 1962)

Completed around 1908, the Ashkhabad House of Worship served the Baha'i community of that region until 1938, when the site was appropriated by the Soviet Government. The building was demolished in 1962 after being damaged by an earthquake.

The Ashkhabad House of Worship was in many ways ahead of its time. In addition to serving as a spiritual center for the thriving Baha'i community in that region, it gave practical expression to the community's humanitarian ideas. Attached to it were a number of subsidiaries, including a hospital, a school, and a hostel for travelers.


Baha'i House of Worship in Frankfurt, Germany (Completed 1964)

The European Baha'i House of Worship is located at the foot of the Taunus mountains in the village of Langenhain (part of the town of Hofheim) approximately 25km west of Frankfurt.



Baha'i House of Worship in Kampala, Uganda (Completed 1962)

Construction of the Uganda Baha'i House of Worship, located on Kikaya Hill on the outskirts of Kampala, began in 1958 and was completed in 1962.

The interior woodwork and colored glass windows create a vibrant hall of ambers, blues, greens and whites. When the nine large entrance doors are opened, the interior appears to merge with the sun-drenched fields and blue and white skies-a reminder of the oneness of God's creation.


Baha'i House of Worship in Panama City, Panama (Completed 1972)

The foundation stone of the Baha'i House of Worship in Panama was laid in October 1967, and it was dedicated on April 29, 1972.



Baha'i House of Worship in Santiago, Chile (under construction)

The first Baha'i House of Worship in South America will be built in the Andean foothills in Santiago, Chile with a panoramic view of the mountains in three directions. The National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha'is of Chile has taken possession of a 110-hectare site in a rural region of the Chacabuco Province some 35 minutes by car north of the center of Santiago.

The House of Worship will be on the top of a hill in a seven-hectare section of the site that will constitute the immediate grounds and gardens of the Temple. The Temple, designed by Canadian architect Siamak Hariri, will be clad in forged glass and Spanish alabaster. The translucent stone will allow sunlight to filter through during the day and the Temple to emit a warm glow from the interior lighting at night. The nine "wings" that form the exterior will torque upwards, overlapping at the apex to create a dome.

Baha'i House of Worship in Sydney, Australia (Completed 1961)

The Baha'i House of Worship in Sydney, Australia was completed in 1961.

The House of Worship is open to the public from 9 am to 5 pm, every day of the year.




Baha'i House of Worship in Wilmette, Illinois, U.S.A. (Completed 1953)

Construction of the Baha'i House of Worship for the North American Continent in Wilmette, Illinois, U.S.A. was completed in 1953. On the lower level of the House of Worship is Foundation Hall (the oldest part of the temple) and the Cornerstone Room, which contains the cornerstone laid by Abdu'l-Baha in 1912. The auditorium features walls of lace-like ornamentation and a dome rising 135 feet above the main floor.

Groundbreaking for the House of Worship, which is listed in the National Register of Historic Places, occurred on May 1, 1912, in a ceremony blessed with the presence and participation of Abdu'l-Baha, son of the Founder of the Baha'i Faith. Construction began in earnest in 1920, and the temple was formally dedicated on May 1, 1953.

View a visual history of the House of Worship, created in 2003 for the 50th anniversary of the temple's dedication. Visit the Baha'i International Community website to view photos of the House of Worship.

Bahá'í House of Worship

The Bahá'í Faith is a universal religion; therefore the Bahá’í temple is a Universal House of Worship of God. When Bahá'í s build their temples they dedicate them to the people of the world. Everyone belonging to any religion, caste or creed is welcome in the Bahá'í temple. The sacred Writings of all religions are being read in our temples. In Bahá'í temples peoples as members of one family gather under one roof to worship one Almighty God.

The structure of the Bahá’í temples is a symbol of unity in itself. They are nine- sided buildings. Each side has a door. All these doors open to a central hall nine- structures symbolize the nine major religions of the world. They express the basic unity of all religions. When we are in the central hall looking around we see beautiful doors on all sides. There is no front door or back in a Bahá’í temple, all doors open on all sides, all receiving light and sending light to the central hall where peoples of all kinds have gathered to worship God. This is a wonderful way to show in a building equality and unity of religions.

The Bahá’í temples are not merely house of worship. They are institutions. Around these nine- sided temples will be nine humanitarian institutions such as a school, orphanage, hospital, etc., each connected to one side of the temple through beautiful roads and pathways. All these roads lead to the House of God. It is not a beautiful arrangement? It certainly is and it is because ‘Abdul – Bahá Himself in His revealed Tablets has outlined the plan for Bahá’í temples.

So far, seven Houses of Worship have been built--at least one on each continent, a token of the Faith's global progress. At the present stage of the Faith's development, Bahá'ís have focused on creating and developing the social and spiritual institutions of community life rather than on the construction of physical buildings in every community. Yet those Houses of Worship which have been constructed stand as beacons calling the world to a new mode of religious worship and life.

Around the world, more than 120 sites have so far been set aside for future Houses of Worship. Ultimately, every local Bahá'í community will have its own House of Worship. Like the first one in Ashkhabad, each will become the focus of community life, as well as a center for social, scientific, educational, and humanitarian services.

New Delhi, India

Baha'i House of Worship in Apia, Samoa

Baha'i House of Worship in Ashkabad, Turkestan

Baha'i House of Worship in Frankfurt, Germany

Baha'i House of Worship in Kampala, Uganda

Baha'i House of Worship in Panama City, Panama

Baha'i House of Worship in Wilmette, Illinois, U.S.A.

Baha'i House of Worship in Santiago, Chile

Baha'i House of Worship in Sydney, Australia