A lotus flower represents the whole life of a human. From the dark mud, the lotus plants grows up through the muddy water to leaf and flower in the air and light. This growth represents the
journey of the soul from the mud of materialism, through the waters of experience, to the arrival at enlightenment.
According to the Bhagvat Gita, a human should be like the lotus i.e. dedicating their actions solely to the god, they should be untouched from all the worldly sins just like the water on the
lotus leaf.

Mythological Context:
There is a story that the lotus arose from the navel of god Vishnu, and at the center of the flower sat Brahma(the Creator). Goddess Lakshmi, patron of wealth and good fortune, sits on a
fully bloomed pink lotus as her divine seat and holds a lotus in her hand. It is also mentioned in the Mahabharata that Lakshmi emerged from a lotus which grew from the forehead of lord
Vishnu. According to the Padmapurana the world is born from a “Golden lotus” and it also mentions about the “Lotus age” called as the “Padmakalpa”(Kak,2000). Lord Vishnu is known as Sri Padmanabha. Padmanabha means whose navel is the size of lotus.