The lotus flower, including its seeds, have different meanings according to different cultures and religions. According to Hinduism, the lotus, particularly the white lotus, is associated with beauty, fertility, prosperity, spirituality, and eternity. Many Hindu gods and their symbolism are connected to the lotus flower. For example, Laxmi, the Hindu Goddess of Prosperity is usually depicted sitting on an open lotus flower. Brahma, the God of Creation is described as emerging from a lotus protruding from the navel of his maintainer, Lord Vishnu.