" The lotus flower forms the principles of the Eightfold Path, one of the highest teachings of Lord Buddha. In Buddhism, it is the symbol of purity, faithfulness, and spiritual awakening. The flower lifts itself above the muddy water, which represents the act of rising above all desires and attachments - the key to achieving spiritual enlightenment. Though the flower has its root in the mud, it grows upward in the direction of light, which represents the aspiration to rise above and move towards the light. In other words, it represents the journey from darkness (represented by the muddy pond) to the light of knowledge or wisdom. A Buddhist mantra describes the lotus saying, Om mani padme hum, which means Hail, the jewel in the lotus.
The different colors of the lotus have spiritual and religious symbolism in Buddhism. The pink lotus is the supreme lotus, which denotes the highest enlightenment and is associated with Buddha; the blue lotus is said to symbolize wisdom; white lotus stands for spiritual perfection, and the red one symbolizes the heart. According to a myth Lord Buddha appeared miraculously from a lotus. Some legends also say that a lotus flower appeared at every place Lord Buddha placed his foot.”