The Baha’i house of worship is one of Delhi’s most innovative modern structures. The Baha’i sect originated in Persia and this temple has been designed by a Persian architect, Fariburz Sahba. Work on the temple began in 1980 and was completed in 1986. The edifice is in the shape of an unfurling 27 petalled white marble lotus, and hence the name “Lotus Temple”. The temple is surrounded by nine pools and about 25 acres of landscaped and well manicured lawns. The temple looks spectacular after dark when the lights give the marble a very luminous quality.