Nymphaea Caerulea (Blue Lotus, Sacred Blue Lily of the Nile, Blue Water Lily)
Nymphaea Caerulea (Blue Lotus) was held in very high esteem by the ancient Egyptians. Nymphaea Caerulea (Blue Lotus) was worshipped as a visionary plant and was a symbol for the origins of life. The Egyptians believed that the world was originally covered by water and darkness. A Blue Lotus sprang up from the water and opened its petals to reveal a young god, a Divine Child. Light streamed from the Divine Child to banish universal darkness. This child god was the Creator, the Sun God, the source of all life. When the Pharaoh known as King Tut was entombed, his body was covered in Nymphaea Caerulea (Blue Lotus) flowers.
Nymphaea Caerulea (Blue Lotus) is also highly respected and by Indians and in Buddhism.