The questions about the National flower, National Emblem, National symbols, National Anthem, and the Official language of India are common in UPSC IAS Prelims Exam. The second chapter in the India Yearbook deals with the National Identity Elements of India. Here we are giving some interesting facts about National Flower of India –Lotus.
The National symbols are essential to the Indian uniqueness and legacy. Indians of all demographics circumstances over the world are proud of these National Symbols as they imbue a sense of pride and nationalism in every Indian’s heart. India is rich in flora as well as fauna. As per available recent data, India is fourth in Asia in plant diversity.
Lotus has a message to deliver to the human race. Even though the lotus is an epitome of beauty, it signifies non-attachment. There are numerous verses praising the love between the sun and the flower in Indian literature in particular. It represents both magnificence and non-attachment. There is a saying that although it grows in mud, it smells of myrrh.
- The National flower of India is the icon of supreme veracity. The Hindu religion and mythology depict goddess Saraswathi, on a lotus flower as a goddess of Learning/Education.
- The lotus flourishes in fresh water lakes in the semitropical climates.
- The lotus is found in white, red, blue, pink, and purple color and is found mainly in Asian countries.
- Lotus denotes wealth, mysticism, knowledge, productiveness and enlightenment. In India, it is considered as the sign of triumph.
- It is a sacred flower and occupies a distinctive position in the art and mythology of ancient India.
- Along with cultural significance, the seeds of Lotus are used for medicinal purposes like the treatment of heart ailments, spleen, and kidney.
- The seeds, leaf, roots and leaf stalk of the Lotus are edible and they are consumed as vegetable in India.
- It has been a fortune symbol of Indian culture since time immemorial.
- Lotus is adored and considered as a sacrosanct flower in Buddhism.
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