- Baha’is believe in the power of prayer and you’ll find Baha’is and their friends, throughout the world, getting together to pray. This is often referred to as a ‘devotional gathering’ or ‘devotional meeting’, and they happen in diverse settings, whether in cities or villages.
The design for the local Baha’i House of Worship to be built in the Norte del Cauca region of Colombia was unveiled on Sunday 14 September to an audience of 500 people from the region and other visitors.
The Baha’i World News Service explained that a small team from the Colombian architectural firm, CUNA, presented the approved plans, and Eduard Lopez, one of the architects working on the project, described the process by which the team developed the design for the Temple:
“Mr. Lopez explained that its members spent many hours, over the course of months, visiting different communities and groups in Norte del Cauca, listening to their ideas and thoughts about the House of Worship, coming to understand their aspirations, and participating in their community-building activities.”
Read the full article about the unveiling of the design of the House of Worship in Colombia from the Baha’i World News Service website: news.bahai.org/story/1020
The local Baha’i House of Worship in Colombia is one of seven Baha’i Houses of Worship to be built in the upcoming years as announced by the Universal House of Justice in their 2012 Ridvan Message. (Others to be built are in Papua New Guinea, The Democratic Republic of the Congo, Cambodia, India, Kenya, and Vanuatu.)
Sometimes referred to as “Baha’i Temples” or by the name “Mashriqu’l-Adhkar” which in Arabic means “Dawning-place of the remembrances of God”, there are currently seven Houses of worship in the world today located in the nations of Panama, Uganda, the United States of America, Samoa, Australia, India and Germany, with an eighth one currently under construction in Chile.
To read a brief summary about Baha’i Houses of Worship click here.
There’s also a great new compilation on the institution of the Mashriqu’l-Adhar now available online at: mashriqul-adhkar.com
Want to see how much you know about Baha’i Houses of Worship? Try Baha’i Blog’s House of Worship Trivia Quiz
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