Bahá’u’lláh’s shrine is, located in Bahjí near Acre, Israel. It represents Qiblih or the direction of prayer and is also the place where the remains of Bahá’u’lláh the Founder of the Bahá’í Faith are kept. Also called the Daryá-yi-Núr (Ocean of Light) it is near the spot where Bahá’u’lláh died in the Mansion of Bahjí.
After Bahá’u’lláh died in 1892 he was interred in a building close Mansion of Bahji (where he used to live) which became the shrine of Bahá’u’lláh. It has a small room where the remains of Bahá’u’lláh are kept.
The Shrine has a beautiful garden called Haram-i-Aqdas (Most Holy paradise) and a circular path circumambulating the Bahá’u’lláh shrine. The Mansion of Bahji the place where Baha’u’llah, was buried after sunset the day he died, is close by.
Bahá’ís all over the world observe Baha’u’llah’s death “ascension” as one of the nine holy days when all work is to be suspended. Bahá’u’lláh in his will unsealed nine days after his death designated ‘Abdu’l-Bahá as his successor and head of the Bahá’í Faith — the first time in history for the founder of a religion to nominate a successor. The shrine, its surrounding gardens were inscribed on the World Heritage List in July 2008.
An inscription on the gate of the Shrine reads, “O ye that dwell on earth! The religion of God is for love and unity; make it not the cause of enmity or dissension. In the eyes of men of insight and the beholders of the Most Sublime Vision, whatsoever are the effective means for safeguarding and promoting the happiness and welfare of the children of men has already been revealed by the Pen of Glory.”
The Shrine is the holiest place on earth and a pilgrimage site for the Bahá’ís. Bahá’ís turn their faces in the direction of the Shrine when they pray each day. The shrine of Baha’u’llah is the focal point of prayer for Bahá’ís all over the world. Its importance is comparable to the Western Wall in Jerusalem and Kaaba in Mecca.
All the Bahá’í buildings — are built to face the shrine and burial place of Baha’u’llah.