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The significance of eight-petal lotus drawn on Diwali
On the occasion of Diwali, eight-petal lotus is drawn in Rangoli designs. Also, Goddess Lakshmi sitting on a lotus flower is worshiped on this day.

IN HINDUISM, an eight-petal lotus is considered a sacred flower symbolizing purity, auspiciousness and spiritual perfection. Its unfolding petals suggest the expansion of the soul to embrace one and all.

The eight petals of the lotus correspond to the eight noble laws of living with good deeds. It is also regarded as a symbol of divine birth and unattached spiritual development to attain nirvana.

Because the lotus rises from dirty and muddy water to blossom as a pure flower, therefore, it is a symbol of resurrection. This aspect of lotus reminds one to remain pure and detached under all circumstances. Thus, in Hindu scriptures, lotus is a symbol of purity and enlightenment amid ignorance caused by worldly mire and illusions.

Since lotus blooms in the morning and withdraws its petals in the night, it signifies that one’s mind blooms with the illumination of self- knowledge and cringes without it.

Thus, eight-petal lotus flower is a symbol of purity and auspiciousness. The symbolism of Lotus flower for an ideal living is mentioned in the Bhagavad Gita by Lord Krishna: One who does all work as an offering to the Lord, abandoning attachment to the results, is as untouched by sin or Karmic reaction as a lotus leaf is untouched by water.

The ultimate aim of each human being is to be the lotus flower – perform the Dharma without being attached to the world.

Here’s my acrostic in on LOTUS.

L: Living that is

O: Otherworldly with

T: Total purity and detachment from

U: Unworthy worldly dualities and illusions for one’s

S: Spiritual perfection.

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