Buddhist pilgrims visit the Deer Park at Sarnath, India, to remember the place where Siddhartha Gautama began to teach after reaching enlightenment. At the Deer Park, the Buddha taught the five ascetics the Four Noble Truths and through listening to his message, they also achieved enlightenment. In Buddhist symbolism, the lotus represents purity of the body, speech, and mind, as if floating above the murky waters of material attachment and physical desire. According to legend, Gautama Buddha’s first steps made lotus flowers appear everywhere he stepped.

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