Padma – Sanskrit for lotus – symbolizes beauty and purity.
Though rooted in slush, the flower floats on the surface of water, free of dirt. In the Bhagavad-Gita, the lotus leaf is a metaphor for performing one’s duty detachedly, leaving the results of one’s actions to God, just as the lotus leaf stays untouched by water.
Hindu texts and religious poetry describe Lord Krishna as “Lotus-eyed One”. Lakshmi, goddess of wealth, is portrayed standing on a thousand-petalled lotus.
In yoga, the body’s chakras (centers of subtle energy) are depicted as lotuses.