August 10, 2016

The site for the House of Worship in India and an ancient village named Bahapur “the Abode of Baha”

During the Ten Year World Crusade, twenty-two acres of land in New Delhi were acquired as a site for a House of Worship. In the process of demarcating the boundaries, it was discovered that the land was part of an ancient village named Bahapur, meaning "the Abode of Baha". In Hindustani, a dialect of Hindi, Baha means "a channel" or "a water course". By a happy coincidence, Baha is Arabic for "light", 'splendour", or "glory" and is a form of Bahá'u'lláh's name. Later the government requisitioned the property for use as a greenbelt area. After several years of constant negotiation by the National Spiritual Assembly of India, and upon viewing the beautiful design for the Temple, the government agreed to release the entire twenty-two acres. 
(Footnote to a cablegram from the Universal House of justice dated 13 October 1977 published in ‘Messages from the Universal House of justice 1963-1986’)