Durga Puja is the biggest annual festival for Benagli Hindus. The Indian Baha’i House of Worship, which is open to people of all religious backgrounds, is shaped in the form of a lotus, the national flower of India, it was chosen for this pandal because of the patriotic feelings associated with the flower.
“Few would have believed, when the Bab was born 185 years ago today, that the son of an Iranian merchant would herald the first world religion that would proclaim the equality of gender, the abolishment of slavery and the oneness of the human race…”
“As people everywhere become aware of the inadequacies of fanaticism, materialism, and extreme nationalism to solve the problems of a changing world, the Baha’i teachings point to a new way of life…”
This article, published on October 20th in The Times of India, gives voice to the uniting vision of the Baha’i community and provides a glimpse of how an optimistic view of the world’s future may take evidence from the turbulence of the times in which we live.