Water lilies grow in ponds, lakes, and edges of streams. What catches the eye is the vibrant color of the flower, be it pink, purple, yellow, or white, in calm waters, swaying in the breeze. It is not only popular for its attractiveness, but is also considered to be a religious symbol in many parts of the world.
Water lilies are an important religious symbol in the Hindu and Buddhist traditions. ... Buddhists regard the water lily as a symbol of enlightenment because of the beautiful bloom that emerges from the mud. They also consider the water lily a symbol of purity, spontaneous generation and divine birth.
The difference between a lotus flower and a water lily is that the lily floats on top of the water as does its leaves while the lotus flower rises up out of the water.