The Lotus in Hinduism

March 17, 2004 · updated February 15, 2022

Lotus symbol
Padma or Lotus - one of the Eight Auspicious Symbols (Ashtamangala) Wikimedia Commons

In Hinduism, the lotus is a symbol for the centers of consciousness (chakras) in the body and is also associated with several deities. Krishna is described as the "Lotus-Eyed One," referring to his divine beauty. Brahma and Lakshmi, the deities of potence and wealth, are often seen with the lotus symbol. Other deities associated with the lotus include Vishnu and Sarasvati.