The lotus is an important Buddhist symbol, Buddhas and Bodhisattvas are often represented sitting on a lotus or holding a lotus. According to Buddhist tradition, the lotus has its roots in the mud (samsara), but the stem grouws through the muddy water (purification) producing, above the water, a pure and beautiful flower (enlightenment).
Each lotus color has its significance. The white lotus represents mental and spiritual purity…
I took this picture at the Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine in Kamakura.
Yesterday’s Japan Photo: