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The lotus (bot. Nelumbo nucifera) is known by dozens of words in Sanskrit and the many languages of India, and it is probably the most popular object in traditional Indian art and architecture. The words denoting a lotus flower are ubiquitous in Hindu, Buddhist, and Jain literature, and the lotus flower is prevalent in some form in most major Hindu temples and shrines. Although con…

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Narayanan, Vasudha, “Lotus”, in: Brill’s Encyclopedia of Hinduism Online, Editor-in-Chief Associate Editors Knut A. Jacobsen, Helene Basu, Angelika Malinar, Vasudha Narayanan. Consulted online on 02 March 2021 <>
First published online: 2018

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