The Bahá'í temples, symbolic of the Faith's principles, are dedicated to the oneness of religion and humanity, characterized by nine-sided structures open to all. They are symbolic of the center of human life -- of how the point of unity for the community is the remembrance of God. In a world that is rapidly devolving into those who remember God vs those who forget God, the Baha'i temple (literally Mashriqu'l-Adhkar, the Dawning Place of the Remembrance of God) is a symbol that the remembrance of God is the center of human life and the source of all unity and peace.
A Bahá'í House of Worship serves as a physical embodiment of unity, bringing together people of all religions and backgrounds to worship the one God and celebrate the oneness of humanity. It exists as a sanctuary for prayer and reflection, oriented towards the remembrance of God.
The nine sides of a Bahá'í temple symbolize the spiritual unity and interconnectedness of the world's major religions, reflecting the Bahá'í belief in the essential harmony of religious truth and the unity of all people.
Inside a Bahá'í House of Worship, visitors engage in silent prayer and meditation, listen to the holy scriptures of the Bahá'í Faith and other world religions being read or chanted, and experience a communal space free from sermons or ritualistic practices.
The architecture of Bahá'í Houses of Worship is designed to reflect the faith's principles of beauty, harmony, and continuity with nature, incorporating structures that encourage contemplation and contribute to the locality's cultural life.
Absolutely, Bahá'í temples are open to all, irrespective of religious background, as a testament to the faith's inclusivity and its vision of a unified global community.
Music in Bahá'í Houses of Worship is seen as a ladder for the soul, a means of expression that helps individuals to ascend spiritually and connect deeply with the divine.
Bahá'í Houses of Worship are devoid of rituals; the focus is on the sacred Word of God, individual meditation, and communal prayer as means of connecting with God.
The construction and maintenance of Bahá'í temples are funded solely by contributions from members of the Bahá'í Faith, reflecting the community's voluntary stewardship and dedication to these sanctuaries of worship.