A lotus blossom in the Buddha statue's navel goes in and out with the ticks of the timepiece atop the bell tower of the Cathedral of Saint Gorboduc (Saint Fidgeta and Other Parodies; 34).


Padma (Nelumbo nucifera), the sacred lotus, is an aquatic plant that plays a central role in Indian religions such as Hinduism, Buddhism, Sikhism, and Jainism. The lotus flower has many different names such as the "Indian Lotus", the "Sacred Lotus", and the "Bean of India"[1].

Hindus revere it with the divinities Vishnu and Lakshmi often portrayed on a pink lotus in iconography. In the representation of Vishnu as Padmanabha (Lotus navel), a lotus issues from his navel with Brahma on it. Goddess Sarasvati is portrayed on a white-colored lotus[2].


  1. Wikipedia: Padma (attribute)
  2. Wikipedia: Nelumbo nucifera