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Why is Alluring Lotus Regarded as the Divine Flower?

Lotus is one of the most famous flowers in the world over, owing to its great healing properties, some magnificent qualities, and diverse spiritual connections and connotations. Among the most impressed religions and cultures by this divine flower lotus are Egyptian religion and legends, Hinduism and Indian culture, Buddhism, and Christianity. This concise blog is dedicated to providing precious and exclusive information in brief about this glorious flower Lotus, including answer to “why is lotus called as the divine flower?” and the spiritual connection of lotus, with a view to quench pertinent curiosities of interested visitors of the world over.

The botanical name of flower lotus is Nelumbo Nucifera, and this flower is considered native to the Tropical Asia and Queensland of Australia. Lotus is found in many colors separately, among these, the most famous are pink lotus, white lotus, red lotus, and blue lotus. By virtue of the below-mentioned qualities of lotus flower, it has been honored as the national flower in India (Pink Lotus) and Vietnam. The qualities, specialties, and great significance of flower lotus may broadly be put into the following three major categories:

Magnificent Qualities and Symbolizations: One of the most delicate, striking, and beautiful flowers, lotus commonly symbolizes the following grand qualities ---- Beauty, Grace, Majesty, Purity, Divinity, Fertility, Wealth and Fortune, Knowledge, Serenity, and Spirituality and Non-Attachment. Lotus is regarded as being one of the eight most auspicious signs in Hinduism and Buddhism. The flower, seeds, young leaves, roots and rhizomes of lotus, all are edible, and are often used in Asian cuisines. Moreover, seeds of lotus are globally renowned for remaining viable (able to germinate) after a rather long period of dormancy up to 1300 years. Again, as lotus is one of the few flowers which bloom and produce fruit simultaneously, it is often presented as gift to newly married couple as a good omen, alone or as a part of the flower bouquet.

Spiritual Significance: The lotus flowers, especially of the pink and white lotuses, have great and unparalleled religious and spiritual significance, particularly in Hinduism and Buddhism. In Christianity also, the white lotus is believed to represent the purity of the Virgin Mary. Peerless glory of lotus is found throughout the Hindu scriptures, particularly in the Vedic and Puranic literatures. Many deities are depicted either sitting on a lotus flower or carrying the same; they include Lord Brahma, Lord Vishnu, and Goddesses Lakshmi and Saraswati. The variety of lotus portrayed in these scriptures covers Padma (pink lotus), Kamala (red lotus), Pundarika (white lotus), and Utpala (blue lotus); the pink and white lotuses being most renowned. Again, Padmasana (meaning lotus position) is one of the main postures for meditation.
The great spiritual significance of the lotus flowers in Hinduism and Buddhism is mainly attributed to the following facts associated with this splendid flower: --- this flower blossoms in spite of unfavorable conditions; It grows from sordid mud of still ponds or rivers, but possesses the above-mentioned qualities; it is interested only in receiving the goodness of the divine rays of the sun, as it closes and sinks underwater at night, and rises again above the water surface and opens at dawn; and its flower and leaves keep themselves untouched and unaffected by the impurities of the turbid waters.
The blossomed lotus flower signifies the purity of heart and mind or soul. And, the growing pattern of a lotus flower is considered to represent the spiritual progress of the soul from the primordial mud and mess of materialism, through the murky waters of temporal experiences, and finally into the splendid sunshine of enlightenment, emanating a celestial aroma. The bud of the lotus symbolizes immense potential of spiritual nature. It has been well-established that diverse energy centers (called as Chakras) within human body are in shape of lotuses with varying numbers of petals. The opening of every petal of each lotus chakra, demands gradual unfolding of the consciousness on the path of enlightenment. The Crown Chakra situated at the top of the head, is a thousand-petalled lotus, and its blossoming signifies the final enlightenment/revelation.

Healing and Medicinal Properties: Aside from having a great mythological and spiritual significance, there are numerous medicinal benefits from lotus flowers, which have been utilized through the East and South East Asian traditional medicines. The 5000-year-old system of medicine and healing of India, the Ayurveda, exclusively describes the great healing properties and spiritual symbolism of lotus.
The essence of lotus flower is notably famous for calming the mind and improving concentration for meditation and spiritual growth; cleanses and strengthens aura; amplifies the effect of the essences of other flowers; expedites recovery from illnesses; nullifies effects of toxins; and are therefore, hugely used in aromatherapy, homoeopathy, kinesiology, cosmetology, etc. The lotus essential oil is immensely renowned in all of Egyptian folklore to be the most precious oil.
The seeds of lotus are very beneficial to the health of kidney and heart, and for curing spleen, insomnia, restlessness, palpitation, and liver disorders. Again, lotus seeds are also very helpful for treating weak sexual function in men, and Leucorrhea in women. Moreover, seeds of lotus are a prescribed antidote for mushroom poisoning. The petals and young leaves of lotus are separately used for preparing tea or other preparations, along with other herbs, to cure a variety of ailments and disorders, including sunstroke, dysentery, vomiting of blood, fever, etc.
Lastly, the roots and rhizomes of lotus are rather rich in diverse nutrients, and are very effective for curing ailments and diseases like small pox, diarrhea, pigmentation problems in skin, throat complications, diseases related with stomach and reproductive organs, diabetes, obesity, and many other troubles. In addition to abundant dietary fibers, these roots and rhizome are rich source of many vitamins including vitamins of B group and vitamin C, and minerals like Copper, Iron, Zinc, Magnesium, Manganese, etc.

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