The true meaning of the lotus flower

The true meaning of the lotus flower

People have used flowers to express emotions, indicate birth months and zodiac signs, and remember historical events all over the world forever. The lotus flower, with its translucent petals and flowering pattern that follows the rising and falling of the sun, is one of the most attractive flowers on Earth. This mysterious flower can express a number of different things. Read on to learn more about the meaning and symbolism of the lotus flower.

About the lotus flower

Lotus flowers are native to India, East Africa, Southeast Asia, and Australia. They root themselves in the mud and send their long stems upward to find the top of the water and flourish, hiding all their leaves at the bottom. Unlike the water lily, the leaves of the lotus do not rest on the surface of the water, but rather reach above it; Its round leaves and flowers are more delicate than the pointed leaves of the water lily. Despite their delicate nature, these hardy plants can survive when submerged under ice and can thrive even in extreme heat. Some lotus plants can live for almost a century! With their amazing resilience, it’s no wonder many cultures consider lotus flowers so special.

Meanings of lotus flower

Like poppies in the UK and red roses around the world, the lotus flower has a symbolic meaning. Although it varies across cultures and countries (more on that in a minute),… The general meaning of the lotus flower is purity and strength. For this reason and more, lotus flowers are popular symbols for jewelry and tattoos.


Because the lotus flower emerges from the water without mud, mud, or debris, it is often seen as the ultimate symbol of purity. It can also symbolize maintaining purity of spirit through life’s challenges.

New birth

The lotus flower symbolizes rebirth due to its flowering pattern that begins with sunrise and closes with nightfall.


Overcoming adversity and life’s challenges are the connotations of the lotus flower as it is commonly found in swamps and difficult terrain and emerges from dark, muddy waters looking pure and beautiful.

Symbolism of lotus flower colors

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Lotus flowers of different colors have different meanings in general and in specific cultures and religions.

  • Meaning of white lotusThe white flower denotes beauty, grace, purity, and wealth. In feng shui, the white lotus is associated with purity and transcendence.
  • Meaning of pink lotus: The color pink is associated with Buddha. In Hindu imagery, the rose-tipped petals symbolize subtle feminine energy.
  • Meaning of red lotus: The red lotus in Buddhism represents the fiery energy of Padma, one of the five main families of Buddha. Passion and inspiration are the feelings associated with the red lotus.
  • Meaning of blue lotusOne of the rare flower varieties, the blue lotus is a reminder for Mahayana Buddhists to focus on their innate characteristics, which can help them achieve nirvana, the ultimate goal of enlightenment.

Lotus flowers in world cultures and religions

The lotus is a central symbol in many Eastern cultures, which consider it one of the most sacred plants in the world. Lotus flowers appear in the oldest Egyptian hieroglyphs, ancient Chinese ceramics, and Hindu folk stories. In Hinduism and Buddhism, the lotus flower represents the womb of the universe, where all things are born. For Buddhists, this flower represents enlightenment and the connection between the spirit of the universe and their own; It is said that lotus flowers bloomed where the baby Buddha took his first steps. Hindus also have a special relationship with lotus flowers: in Sanskrit, they are a symbol of enlightenment. Lotus position, or PadmasanaIt is fundamental to yoga and meditation practices as a means of well-being and progress towards enlightenment.

Lotus flowers in home decor

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The lotus flower is a recurring feature in distinctive wallpaper patterns, many of which date back to the late 19th century when it was a popular motif in the Art Nouveau design movement. (Imagine the lampposts at the entrance to a Paris metro station, reminiscent of the stems and leaves of a lotus.) Schumacher’s Lotus Garden, Farrow & Ball’s Lotus, and Sanderson’s Crane & Frog patterns prominently feature the flower. In the New England living room shown above, designer Dina Holland wanted a botanical print for a chic outdoor look, and the green lotus garden was a fitting choice.

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Kate McGregor is the SEO editor at House Beautiful. She’s covered everything from curated decor collections and shopping guides, to glimpses into the home lives of inspiring creatives, for publications like ELLE Decor, Domino, and Architectural Digest’s Clever.

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