Baha’i Temple, Panama City

This flying saucer lookalike sits atop a hill overlooking Panama City. One of only seven Baha’i Hindu Temples worldwide, Panama was chosen as a site due to its strategic position at the Centre of the Americas and because of the canal with its trade routes linking countries across the globe. If you stand just outside the temple you can see across Panama City, from the skyscrapers overlooking the Pacific Ocean to the tropical rainforest.

The Baha’is believe in protecting nature, equality between men and women and lots of other commendable things. The Panamanian temple was designed by a British architect. It is such a beautiful, organic looking building – I believe it should be world famous.

The temple is a place of calm contemplation and meditation, so we begged our young children to be respectful. All went well until we were getting ready to leave and one of them shattered the silence by beeping the car horn – oops!

I couldn’t resist taking this – the spider really makes the temple look like an alien face, don’t you think?

Note: Post updated 4 September 2012 to remove reference to Baha’ism as being a type of Hinduism. It isn’t, apparently. Thanks to Nicholas and Roseann.

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9 thoughts on “Baha’i Temple, Panama City

  1. That’s very kind of you. My son will be visiting Panama soon, and we’re hoping to go as a family later in the year. If we actually make it, your blog will be a great source of information!

  2. Very nice photos. Just please make sure to edit your blog as Baha’is are not Hindus. We are an independent religion, not a sect or division of another religion. While Baha’is acknowledge the divine origin of all the world religions, including Hindusim, Islam, Christianity, etc. the Faith has no historical connection with Hinduism and has never been described as Hindu.

      1. Dear Panamajama,
        I came across your post while looking for information on the Panamanian Baha’i temple – thanks for posting!
        I looked at the wikipedia article you referred to above – sorry it was confusing. Baha’is believe there is only one God, who is the source of all world religions. The reason they may look different (Hinduism vs Buddhism, Islam vs Judaism), is because God designed them to meet the needs of different times and different places. But they all teach the same essential message – the Golden Rule, the unity of God, and so on.
        So the Baha’i Faith is related to Hinduism, the same way it’s related to Christianity, or Zoroastrianism, etc.

        Anyway – probaby tmi! But thanks again for this post – I’m really looking forward to seeing the temple in person!

      2. No, not at all, it is very interesting information! Thank you very much for leaving this comment. Are you planning to visit Panama soon? The temple is such a special place…The Baha’i religion sounds extremely sensible and inclusive to me. 🙂

  3. Beautiful photos. Thanks for sharing. I am in the area now and I’ve visited this gorgeous place. Perhaps one day all the world will know about the peace that exists within…

  4. I’m excited to see photos of the Baha’i House of Worship in Panama on your website. Just a quick note for accuracy’s sake, this building is not a “Hindu” Temple. The Baha’i Faith is a distinct religious tradition that believes in the oneness of all religions, that they are all part of humanity’s spiritual progression, a concept called “progressive revelation” taught by the Prophet Founder of the Baha’i Faith, Baha’u’llah. These Houses of Worship are referred to as “Dawning Places of the Mention of God” and are open to all persons of any denomination or no-denomination. They each have 9 sides/doorways to represent the concept that there are many doorways to the knowledge of the Creator. If you’d like to see photos of the other Baha’i Houses of Worship you can go to this website: http://www.bahai.us/bahai-temple/bahai-temples-around-the-world/
    I’ve visited this House of Worship twice on visits to Panama and always find it inspiring. Thanks again for posting the photos.

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