Lotus can reach only 125 cm (50 inches) in height but it spreads 3 meters (10 feet) horizontally (width).
Lotus flowers are found in white, pink, red, blue, purpule and yellow colors and they grow in shallow and murky waters.
According to a traditional story, the more muddy and opaque the water, the more beautiful the Lotus flower when it emerges.
In Egyptian mythology, the lotus is associated with the sun, as it flowers at the day hours, and closes by night. Lotus is even believed to have given birth to the sun.
The lotus is a sacred flower for Buddhists. For Buddhists, the lotus flower represents purity of body, mind, and spirit.The Lotus is one of the eight auspicious signs of Buddhism – an eight petalled lotus used in Buddhist mandalas symbolizes cosmic harmony, a thousand petalled Lotus, spiritual illumination.
According to Hinduism, within each human is the spirit of the sacred lotus. It represents eternity, divinity, purity, and is widely used as a symbol of life, fertility, ever-renewing youth.
One of the most common metaphysical analogies compares the lotus’ perennial rise to faultless beauty from a miry environment to the evolution of consciousness, from instinctive impulses to spiritual liberation.
Various parts of the sacred Lotus are also used in traditional Asian herbal medicine.
Flower, young leaves, seeds and root are edible and often used in Asian cuisine.
Dried stamens of the lotus are used for the preparation of aromatic tea.
Lotus can survive thousands of year and even to revive after long period of dormancy.
The lotus flower is a very popular tattoo.