Since time immemorial, our national flower lotus holds a unique position in art, culture, and philosophy. It represents spirituality, fruitfulness, wealth and knowledge. The sacred lotus has pink and white petals. It was declared as the national flower of India in 1950. This aquatic perennial is generally found in Asia and northern Australia. However, it is cultivated in North America as well.
Lotus is one of the flowers which play a significant part in Indian traditions. It also has an important role in Indian religions such as Hinduism, Buddhism. Lotus is often associated with the gods and goddesses such as Vishnu, Brahma, Kubera, Lakshmi and Saraswati.
In Buddhism, it is considered to be the purity of body, speech, and mind. The lotus also extends a spiritual meaning. It represents a higher level of consciousness when it searches for enlightenment and purity.
It is beautifully illustrated on the five rupees coin released by Reserve Bank of India. This beautiful National Symbol of India featured on Stamp issued in 1977.
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