ARTINFOINDIA.COM’s painting competition for school children titled TITLEE-The Butterfly 2012, TITLEE-The Butterfly 2013 and PEACOCK-The National Bird 2014 was successfully organized. We have received an overwhelming response from Schools and Parents. In this competition 6 groups (Pre Nursery to Class 10) received 18 Gold, 18 Silver, 18 Bronze Award and 90 commended Award (All India Level) including 1st, 2nd, 3rd prize (School Level) awards were given to winners. Merit Certificate to 500 participants and Certificate of Participation to all the participants were issued. Exhibitions of selected paintings were held at India Habitat Centre, New Delhi.
In continuation to this, ARTINFOINDIA.COM is glad to announce Lotus – the National Flower as theme for 4th All India Art Competition for School Children. This is to depict our love and concern for Lotus – the National Flower through paintings and drawings. This is a one of its kind opportunity to discover the latent talent of budding and upcoming generation through their sincere and creative thoughts about nation.
Our sole aim is to sensitize/motivate/educate young and budding children through art towards the importance of our National Symbols.
Why is Lotus the national flower of India?
Choice of Lotus As National Flower The Lotus Flower symbolizes divinity, fertility, wealth, knowledge and enlightenment. It is also regarded as a symbol of triumph as it can survive to regerminate for thousands of years. Lotus represents long life, honor, and good fortune. Untouched by the impurity despite growing in mud, the flower is also meant to symbolize the purity of heart and mind. It holds additional significance for Hindus, as it is regarded as the symbol of many Gods and Goddesses and is often used in religious practices. It was because of these noble meanings and cultural significance that made the founding fathers of modern India enshrine the lotus in the Constitution as the National Flower.
Cultural Significance of Lotus
From ancient times the lotus has been considered to be a sacred symbol in Asian traditions representing sexual purity. It is also regarded as the symbol of purity and divinity by several religions. Hindus relate it to their Almighty, Vishnu, Brahma, Lakshmi and Sarasvati who are often depicted sitting upon this pious flower. As Lotus also stands as the symbol of divine beauty, it is used as a symbol to describe the beauty of Lord Vishnu by referring him as the ‘Lotus-Eyed One’. In the Hindu Mythology, the unfolding petals of Lotus signify the expansion of the soul. As the Lotus carries piousness despite growing from the mud, it is said to represent a caring spiritual promise. The Buddhists consider the Lotus Flower to be sacred and auspicious as the flower stands for faithfulness in their religion. The lotus plant has also been cited as a sacred flower extensively in the ancient Puranic and Vedic literature.