Saturday, January 23, 2010

Josh's First Day in Delhi

Okay so our first day in Delhi was pretty sweet. The city is huge. It is much different from any of the other cities that we have visited.

Our first stop was the Qutub Minar. This was another ancient site built by one of the first Muslim rulers of Delhi. Basically it's this huge cream and red spire. It's 72.5 meters tall and is the worlds tallest brick minaret. Built in 1311 A.D., it's an astounding structure. It's hard to believe how much work must have gone into it's construction.

Baha'i House of Worship was our next stop. Baha'i is a religion that is supportive of all faiths and believe that the gods from every religion are all manifestations of a single god-head. I spent some time talking to the volunteers that were working at the temple. They came from all over the globe to live in Delhi, and work at the temple. The temple itself was very beautiful. It is often called the Lotus Temple, because of it's distinct lotus flower shape. It is ivory white, and sports 27 petals that make up the structure of the building. Inside there are numerous solid marble benches that can hold up to 1300 people. It was completely silent, and visitors were encouraged to spend time in silent meditation.
Joshua Daniel Boyden