Nelumbo nucifera, also known as sacred lotus, Laxmi lotus, Indian lotus, or simply lotus, is one of two extant species of aquatic plant in the family Nelumbonaceae.
Lotus is the water plant. It has broad floating leaves and bright fragrant flowers. The leaves and flowers float and have long stems that contain air spaces. It has many petals overlapping in the symmetrical pattern. The root functions of the Lotus are carried out by rhizomes that fan out horizontally through the mud below the water. The round leaves are upto 50 cm in diameter. The flowers are rosy pink with little bit of white shade. The seeds are hard and dark brown in colour. They can vary in shape from round to oval to oblong. The Lotus Flower opens in the morning and the petals fall in the afternoon.
- Lotus is the sacred flower of India. It occupies a special position in the art and mythology of ancient India.
- It is also the National Flower of India. It symbolizes divinity, fertility, wealth and knowledge. In India it is considered as the symbol of triumph.
- As it is rooted in the mud it can survive to regerminate for thousand of years.
- It represents long life, honour and good fortune.
- It has special significance as it used in their religious practices.
- It is even the sacred flower for the Buddhists in India. It is quote in puranic veds and literature many times.
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