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The Beauty of The Lotus Flower

Updated on September 22, 2014

The Lotus Flower

The Lotus Flower or waterlily in full flower is one of the most beautiful plants imaginable.

When seen covering a large expanse of water with its wide dark green leaves, it creates a perfect scene of complete tranquility and peace.

The flowers which come in white, pink, red and yellow on long elegant storks are exquisite in themselves and have been used though out history and religion as spiritual symbols of peace and harmony

A picture of pure beauty and tranquility only nature can provide!

The Lotus Flower within History and Religion.

The Lotus flower has appeared strongly throughout Egyptian culture and history being the symbol of the sun as at night the flower closes and sinks under the water and at dawn rises and opens again flowing with the movements of the sun.

The pure white lotus is the only plant that fruits and flowers at the same time, rising from ponds and streams,spreading its petals and peculiar flat seed case at its centre.

The Lotus Flower is used as a symbol in Buddhist culture as its seeds and flowers symbolize rebirth and course and effect.

It was said that Prince Siddhartha,who later became Buddha, walked seven steps with lotus flowers growing within each step.

Thus this flower, the Lotus Flower, plays an important part within Buddhists culture and history.

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The Symbol of The Lotus Flower.

The Lotus Flower has been used as symbol of peace, purity and auspiciousness in many religions throughout history.

In Hindu the sacred Lotus Flower is featured in The Bhagavad Gita - ' man is adjured to be like the lotus - he should work without attachment and dedicate his actions to God '.

It is a position of Hatha Yoga , The Lotus Position , padmasana , and is adopted by those striving to reach the highest level of consciousness.

Brahma ( the creator ) , Vishnu ( the protector ) and Siva ( the merger ) are all associated with the Lotus Flower.

Over the centuries man has tried to replicate the lotus plants in their natural environment by displaying them in well designed ponds built in parks and gardens in major cities and inner city suburbs all over the world.

This gives people who live and work there somewhere to relax, reflect and enjoy the tranquility of nature and the lotus flower in its natural form, as part of their daily lives.

The Lotus Flower with its gentle and elegant stance, to me, is the one of the most beautiful flowers you can ever feast your eyes on and I hope you too feel the beauty and power of this plant as I do.

Lotus Flower Images

The Edible Lotus

One thing that most people in the west don't know about the Lotus plant or water-lily is that it is edible.

The flowers, seeds, young leaves, and root are all edible.

In Asia the petals are sometimes used to garnish food while the large green leaves are used to wrap food in.

The plant is also used in vegetable soups,deep-fried and braised dishes.

Lotus rootlets are often pickled with rice vinegar, sugar, chili /or garlic.

It has a sweat crunchy texture and sweat - tangy flavours.

In Asian cuisine the lotus is most popular with salads, prawns, sesame oil and coriander leaves.

Lotus roots are rich in dietary fibre, vitamin c , potassium, riboflavin, vitamin B6, phosphorus, copper and manganese, whilst low in saturated fat.

The stems can be dried and made into herbal teas and the flowers into Lotus Flower tea. Various parts of the lotus are also used in traditional herbal medicine.

The lotus plant is truly a wonder, with both its beauty and many nutritional benefits as a food source.

Drinking Lotus Flowers

© 2009 Julia M S Pearce

Thanks for visiting. I love the lotus flower or waterlily, tell me what you think of this beautiful plant.

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      LisaDH 3 years ago

      I love the lotus flower. Wish I had a pond at my home so I could grow them.

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      marktplaatsshop 4 years ago

      I have a few in my pond, but due to the cold weather here they do not bloom as well as in the video, a great lens learned a lot of things I did not know, thanks for sharing this wonderful lens

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      khatha0808 5 years ago

      I also have lotus flower in my house too. The are really beautiful.

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      RaintreeAnnie 5 years ago from UK

      Gorgeous lotus flowers, your photos are beautiful and I did not know they are edible. Lovely page.

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      Kirsti A. Dyer 5 years ago from Northern California

      <3 the Lotus flower.

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      Pam Irie 5 years ago from Land of Aloha

      They are delicately elegant flowers. :)

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      tomoxby 5 years ago

      Enjoyed the great pictures of the lotus flower.

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      Susanna Duffy 5 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      Drink a lotus flower? I had no idea

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      tekaha 5 years ago

      loved reading about the lotus here, esp the edible info!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I really enjoyed this lens. I think I might have eaten the edible lotus flower at a thai buddhist temple in florida.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Beautiful lens!

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      I-Love-Astrology 6 years ago

      I love this flower! It is so beautiful to me! I also like what is symbolizes

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      Spook LM 6 years ago

      Very well presented and I enjoyed my time here. Found out a bit about this when visiting Thailand, fascinating.

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      Lisa 6 years ago from Rhode Island


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      aishu19 7 years ago

      This is a beautiful lens.. Great information about a beautiful flower

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Beautifully done! I've always loved the lotus and you have certainly done this beauty justice here!

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      dannystaple 7 years ago

      We often eat lotus roots in our household as an ingredient in soups or simply stir-fried. I sometimes forget the beauty of the flower that grows with them. Thanks for reminding me!

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      Ellen Brundige 7 years ago from California

      What a lovely lens for a lovely flower. Getting hooked on Egypt (even more than Greece) as a kid, I immediately became enamored of the lotus, and now that I've switched to mythological studies I've seen how the lotus resonates in several cultures. There really is something magical about it.

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      Julia M S Pearce 8 years ago from Melbourne, Australia

      @tarodoug: Thanks tarodoug for the rating!

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      tarodoug 8 years ago

      Very cool. Lots of info I did not know. Pics are great! Thanks 5* fav...

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      Rhonda Albom 8 years ago from New Zealand

      I had no idea they were edible. I enjoyed this lens. The final photo is spectacular. Did you take it?

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Exquisite photographs! I don't know much about flowers but I think anything that grows on water is amazing! Not to mention you can eat it too? Wow! 5 stars!!

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      Mihaela Vrban 8 years ago from Croatia

      You are one of March 2009 graduates! Come by and answer few questions to show the way to those who will follow! Wish you many, many more great lenses!

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      Thomas F. Wuthrich 8 years ago from Michigan

      A beautiful and VERY interesting lens. Favoriting and rolling it to my Best Buds lens.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      [in reply to TeaLady] I am going to edit the intro and include that the lotus is the symbol of buddhism,I was just thinking about it,that's for your enlightening feedback.


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      Pat 8 years ago from Midwest, USA

      Thanks for this lovely lens! A few more facts about the lotus:

      Lotus Tea is very good for you.

      The Lotus is the symbol of Buddhism because it is the only plant that has the seed and the flower at the same time, symbolizing the Law of Cause and Effect

      Therefore, the Lotus Sutra is the highest teaching of Buddhism.

      The Bodhisattva Kuan Yin is frequently seen standing on a Lotus Flower.

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      julieannbrady 8 years ago

      Yep -- you are right! I did NOT know that the Lotus plant or water lily is edible. Most interesting lens! Nice job.

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      Floraluniverses 9 years ago

      Beautiful lens! Featured this lens in my profile!

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      Susanna Duffy 9 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      You are surging ahead in leaps and bounds, Julia. Each lens is better than the last (now is a good time to go back and see if you can tweak your earlier ones a little). The lotus flower is most certainly a beautiful part of creation and you have showcased it extremely well

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      Julia M S Pearce 9 years ago from Melbourne, Australia

      [in reply to spirituality] Thanks for that the link plexo is much better

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      religions7 9 years ago

      I'd turn that text plexo into a link plexo so people can follow the links & see the lenses for themselves :)

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 9 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Beautiful pictures. I especially like the one in your intro module. Great work here.

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      Mihaela Vrban 9 years ago from Croatia

      This lens entered Fresh Squid Contest for April as one of lenses that joined Fresh Squid group in March 2009! Come by and cast a vote! And don't forget to have fun!

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      Susanna Duffy 9 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      The lotus is a beautiful beautiful bloom. Makes an excellent cup of tea too

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Water lilies on a pond is one of the beautiful sights. I love them!