Sculptures Associated With Indian Lotus (Nelumbo Nucifera Gaerten.) In Odisha, India
- Author Taranisen Panda
- Co-Author Sarat Kumar Sahu, Nirlipta Mishra, Kunja Bihari Satapathy, Pradeep Kumar Chand
- Country : India
- Subject : Botany
Human cultures have always influenced and shaped its environment to enhance the relationship between human, society and nature. Local and indigenous languages are the repositories of traditional knowledge about the environment and its systems. Hindu culture and religion has given profound significance to lotus (Nelumbo nucifera Gaerten.) in mythology, epics, scriptures, Sanskrit literature and historical records, and it is the prevailing motif in sculptures, temple carvings, architecture, paintings and cave murals. The present paper has a brief account of faith related to lotus in sculptures of Odisha, India. Our ancestors linked various God and Goddess with lotus for their conservation and named as sacred plant. These ancient beliefs show the human relation with lotus which is also helpful in the conservation of plant species for their valuable qualities.