The exact symbolic meaning of a lotus flower may depend on cultural and aesthetic context. For example, in Buddhist traditions, lotus flowers can symbolize purity, love and enlightenment, while Hindus may see the flower as a symbol of gods and goddesses, such as Lakshmi. Hindu traditions may also use the lotus flower as a symbol of divine beauty.
In many cases, the symbolic value of the lotus is metaphorically related to the flower's structure. The lotus is a flower that grows up from roots that are typically at murky, watery depths. The upward growth and eventual blossoming of the lotus flower therefore holds symbolic significance for Buddhist and Hindu traditions and for other religions as well, including Jainism.