Out of the cosmic Being came a single lotus of pure gold and with a thousand petals which puts out Brahma who is seated in the center of the golden lotus. In the book Myths and Symbols of Indian Art and Civilization it says that the lotus of Brahma represents the highest form of the earth. The filaments of the lotus are the mountains of the world, the outer petals the other continents. In the center of the pericap is the continent of India.
Various gods are shown sitting with one foot down. The foot is down so that devotees can approach the god to offer worship to the particular god.
Lakshmi or Shri is the Lotus Goddess. She first appears in a hymn appended to the Rig Veda. She is associated with the lotus in every way. She is lotus born, lotus standing, lotus colored, lotus thighed, lotus eyed, decked with lotus garlands, etc. Her two sons Mud (kardama) and Moisture (ciklita) are the ingredients for rich soil.
The atman in every person is described as residing in the lotus or cave of the heart. It is said to resemble a closed lotus. When the heart chakra is opened, the golden lotus of the heart opens and the Ishta shines forth.