Lotus can reach only 49 inches in height but it spreads 10 feet horizontally (width).Flower can reach 8 inches in diameter. Lotus is either pink or white in color. Petals are shaped like a dagger. They are arranged in several layers. Lotus flower protrudes several inches above the water. This flower is known by its beautiful odor.Flower opens in the morning and closes at night. Lotus was a symbol of sun, rebirth and creation in the ancient Egypt because of this unusual behavior which marks the beginning and the end of the day.Lotus uses rhizomes to attach itself to the ground. Rhizome is buried in the mud or in the sandy floor.Leaves of lotus are shaped like paddles. They can reach 20 inches in length.Some of the leaves are submerged, while others float on the surface of water. Leaves are equipped with air pockets (inside the tissues) which maintain buoyancy.Lotus produces seed in the circular pod located in the center of the flower.Seed can remain viable (able to germinate) long period of time. One type of lotus seed managed to develop into plant after 1300 years of dormancy.Dried pod of lotus flower is very decorative and often used in floral arrangements. Petals are also used in ornamental purposes.Flower, young leaves, seeds and root are edible and often used in Asian cuisine. Older and bigger leaves are used for wrapping of food. Lotus is rich in fibers and vitamins of the B group. It is also rich source of iron and other important minerals.Dried stamens of the lotus are used for the preparation of aromatic tea.Unlike other flowering plants, lotus is able to maintain stable temperature of the flower. Scientists believe that warmth of the flowers attracts cold blooded insects.Lotus and water lily look similar but they belong to different genera. They differ in the color of the flower and type of the seed pod.Lotus is worshiped and considered as sacred flower in Buddhism. Depending on the number of petals, it symbolizes either cosmic harmony (eight petals) or spiritual illumination (thousand petals). Buddhists turn lotus into powder and use it in different ceremonies.Lotus can survive thousands of year and even to revive after long period of dormancy
> The Lotus, the national flower of India, is a symbol of supreme reality. 
> the lotus flower is a symbol of awakening to the spiritual reality of life in Hinduism and Buddhism. 
> The lotus grows in fresh water ponds and lakes and in semitropical climates. It blossoms gradually and magnificently – one petal at a time and reaches full bloom when the rays of the sun kiss the flower. 
The lotus is edible and has many curative properties; its use in traditional Asian medicine is as old as history. 
 The flower is used to brew lotus teas, which relieves cardiac complications and helps to stop bleeding.
 Lotuses are 5 species of water lilies, three in the genus Nymphaea and two in Nelumbo; both genera are members of the water-lily family, Nymphaea lotus, the Egyptian white lotus, is believed to be the original sacred lotus of ancient Egypt. 
Lotus has a message to convey to humans. Although, lotus is an archetype of beauty, it symbolises non-attachment. In his essay “The Secret of Work”, Swami Vivekananda opines, “Just as water cannot wet the lotus leaf, so work cannot bind the unselfish man by giving rise to attachment to results.” Even though the lotus is rooted in mud, it continues to float on the water without becoming wet or muddy. This aspect of the lotus dictates how humans ought to live in this world – work incessantly but be not attached to the work and to the surroundings. It also reveals, “This world is not our habitation but one of many stages through which we are passing through.” The Bhagavad Gita says, “One who performs his duty without attachment, surrendering the results onto the Supreme Lord, is unaffected by sinful action, as the lotus leaf is untouched by water.”