Our history today is filled with a lot of amazing varieties. There are so many unseen chapters in the history of humankind that we have almost forgotten with time. It is like a transparent wall that has been created by the time that keeps us unaware of some of the facts that were once a subject of everyone’s conversation. Throughout the process of history formation, there have been many changes in our religions, cultures, and communities. There were several india’s rare minorities that were once an essential aid of time for the people in need. Bahá’í ( بهائی ) was one of such India’s Rare Minorities which was popular as a peaceful refuge.
Origin of Bahá’ís
The Bahá’í originated from Bábí religion in mid-19th-century. It was established in the year 1863 by the founder Bahá’u’lláh. Iran (Persia) and the Middle East were the locations of its initial growth. However, ongoing persecution was part of their journey from the very beginning. The Bahá’ís founder had a belief that God had a plan to send a prophet.
This minority had a strong relation with Islam religion. In 1863, when this minority was banished from its origin, Iran, Bahá’u’lláh proclaimed himself as a prophet of God. His words gave him a result of banishment. He had to spend his next decade in the Akka city in Ottoman, Syria (Now in Israel).
The leadership rights were transferred from generation to generation. Currently, the worldwide Bahá’í community located in Haifa, Israel (near the Báb shrine) handles all the activities of these India’s Rare Minorities. The faith in religion was always a strong base of this minority. People of this minority gave their preference to the religious philosophies. In the present time, almost 5 to 7 million members of this minority can be found all around the world and they are known as Bahá’ís.
Bahá’í / Ba’b’s Faith
Bahá’í / Ba’b’s Teachings
There are huge similarities between Bahá’í and monotheistic faith. They believe that humanity was the creation of one God. Bahá’í teaches that God is single and all-powerful. All the teachings of this minority reflect the unified world order goal. This belief gives the community a proper assurance of prosperity for all nations, creeds, races, and classes. Some Answered Questions & The Dawn-Breakers are ancient Bahá’í literature where all their teachings and objectives are recorded in the pages of the history.
Baha’is – India relation
Baha’is Community Religion
Baha’is of India is a part of a long period of Indian history. Apparently, the Baha’is community was formed by some followers and one of the first followers of Ba’b was Indian. The First World War was a start of Baha’is popularity in India. The leaders of immigrated to India during the conclusion of World War I. Britain’s Indian troops were the rescuer of Abdu’l Baha (Baha’ullah’s successor).
It was the time when the Turkish Chief Commander declared the execution of Baha on Mount Carmel in Haifa. When the news speared, British Bahá’í follower Major Wellesley Tudor Pole (British army intelligence officer) decided to rescue the leader. Bahá’ís faced discrimination and suffering in many countries but India was a perfect fit environment for their belief. Mainly because the core belief of unity and equality was the pillar of both Indian and Bahá’ís society and community.
Legacy And Tributes
Lotus Temple-Architecture Building New Delhi
The legacy of Baha’is rescue has a deep hallmark on Indian history. Even today, India has the largest number of Baha’is residents (more than two million). The most significant symbol of Baha’is and India relationship is Delhi’s Lotus Temple. This temple is developed on expressionist architecture style and it is highly popular for its flower-like design. This temple was developed and officially opened for public in the year 1986. This is one of the most popular and most visited places in the world (70 million people visited since its opening).
Haifa (City in Israel)
Apart from the temples, Haifa, Mount Carmel is a perfect location to explore Bahá’í architecture and society. Bahá’í gardens and Báb’s gold-domed Shrine are most remarkable places that have become one of the most popular tourist attraction of that time. This is the place where you can explore 19th-century architecture and style in local buildings. It has amazing 19th-century restaurants, galleries, shops, and German Colony.
Baha’i Seven Temples
Around The World Travel
|1. The Baha’i House of Worship, North America||Address: 100 Linden Ave Wilmette, IL 60091 United States Tel: 847-853-2300||Visiting hours: All days: 6.00 am – 10.00 pm|
|2. The Baha’i House of Worship, Australia||Address: 173 Mona Vale Road Ingleside New South Wales 2101 Australia||Visiting hours: All days: 9.00 am to 5.00 pm December & January: 9.00 am – 7.00 pm on weekends.|
|3. The Baha’i House of Worship, Uganda||Address: Kikaaya Hill Kampala Tel: 256 (0)312 262680 256 (0)772 954379||Visiting hours: All days: 8.00 am – 17.30 pm|
|4. The Baha’i House of Worship, Germany||Address: Eppsteiner Str 95 Hofheim-Langenhain D-65719 Frankfurt Hesse, Germany Tel: 49 6192 901677||Visiting hours: All days: 9.00 am – 17.00 pm|
|5. The Baha’i House of Worship, Panama||Address: Transistmica Near Centro Comercial Milla Ocho San Isidro Panama City Tel: 507-231-6909 507-231-1137||Visiting hours: 9.00 am to 6.00 pm|
|6. The Baha’i House of Worship, Samoa||Address: Tiapapata Samoa Tel: 685-23348 685-20385||Visiting hours : 6.00 am to 6.00 pm|
|7. The Baha’i House of Worship, India||Address: Kamal Mandir Road Post Shambu Dayal Bagh Bahapur Near Kalkaji Temple New Delhi – 110019 Tel: 011-23389326||Visiting hours: Tuesday to Sunday: 8.30 am – 7.00 pm Closed on Mondays|