One of the things that these COVID_19 times have taught me is to really appreciate the things around me. From the people around me to the roof over my head to the touristy places in my neighborhood.
I used to catch a glimpse of the Bahai temple on drive-bys but never had I taken time to appreciate its beauty or find out more about it until this period.
The temple is strategically located on top of a hill and it’s a 5 minutes drive from Kisaasi town or a 15 minutes drive from Acacia mall but since private car movement has been limited in order to stop the spread of the Corona Virus, I decided to take an evening walk to immerse myself in its beauty.
The way the setting sun hit it at an angle exposing its detailed edges, the reflections off the window made it look like those medieval castles that took over 10 years to build. The lush green surrounding it and the sound of birds chirping nearby was just a bonus to what was an already fulfilling view.
The temple which is also known as the Mashriqu’l-Adhkar is the only Bahai temple in Africa and one of nine across the world. The others can be found in the USA, Germany, Cambodia, India, Australia, Chile, Panama, and Samoa.
Shaped in a circular form, the temple is about 125 feet and has a seating capacity of 400 people. It’s also believed that at the time of construction in 1958 it was the tallest building in East Africa.
Most of the Bahai temples across the world share certain architectural elements like the dome but the most essential of all is the nine-sided shape (nonagon).
According to the Baháʼí literature, it emphasizes that its doors must be open to all regardless of religion, or any other distinction. The spirit of the House of Worship must be a gathering place where people of all religions may worship God without denominational restrictions.
I didn’t get the opportunity to get a detailed close-up of the temple since it’s currently closed to the public but that didn’t stop me from appreciating it. Soon or later, Uganda will be out of the lockdown and I hope that you will get to see and appreciate all the beautiful things this country has to offer.