Built in the shape of a lotus - a symbol of beauty and purity, and made of white marble, the Bahá'í Temple has left an indelible mark on the city's landscape. The Lotus Temple was completed in 1986, constructed by the followers of the Bahá'í faith. It is shaped like a lotus with 27 marble petals, emerging from nine pools and walkways, which symbolize the nine Bahá'í spiritual paths. Anyone can enter, regardless of caste or creed, and pray, meditate or simply savor the beauty of this place. Adding to the serene atmosphere are the surrounding pools and gardens. It is an award winning monument, raved about for its form and design. Behind this ethereal vision of simplicity is a complex plan that required traditional workmanship because of the absence of high-tech equipment. It is beautiful at any time of day, but particularly stunning at sunset.