"Padma! The Lotus Goddess’"

Padma is the name of the lotus flower, an aquatic plant that is an ancient symbol associated with almost all Indian cultures and religions. Often used as an example of divine beauty and purity, its unfolding petals are said to suggest the expansion of the soul. The growth of its pure beauty from the mud of its origin also holds a spiritual promise. In the Hindu religion it is particularly associated with the god Brahma and goddess Lakshmi and is mentioned in the Hindu text Bhagavad Gita:

“One who performs his duty without attachment, surrendering the results unto the Supreme Lord, is unaffected by sinful action, as the lotus is untouched by water.” (5.10)