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Nelumbo nucifera the Sacred Lotus

 

Nelumbo nucifera Sacred Lotus

 

 The Sacred Lotus is native to a large area between Afghanistan and the Pacific. It was cultivated by the Persians and reached Egypt by this means. In Hinduism it is a symbol of divine beauty and in Buddhism it symbolizes the way in which purity can emerge from the muddy waters everyday life.See blog post on why the sacred lotus, Nelumbo nucifera, is the Flower Sermon and the holy flower of West, South and East Asia