"there was a garland of lotus flowers"

The lotus, Nelumbo nucifera (also known as the Indian lotus, the sacred lotus, or the bean of India), is an aquatic plant with fragrant flowers which is native to India and Bangladesh; it is India's national flower.

It is of sacred significance in many Eastern religions and symbolizes sexual purity and non-attachment, perfection, beauty and grace.

 

Nelumbo nucifera
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