Nymphaea Caerulea (Blue Lotus) was held in very high esteem by the ancient Egyptians. Blue Lotus was worshipped as a visionary plant and was a symbol for the origins of life. The Egyptians believed that the world was originally covered by water and darkness and then a Blue Lotus sprang up from the water and opened its petals to reveal a young god; a Divine Child. Light streamed from the Divine Child to banish universal darkness. This child god was the Creator, the Sun God, the source of all life. When the Pharao known as King Tut was entombed, his body was covered in Blue Lotus flowers. Ancient Egyptians would also mix Blue Lotus in wine or water and drink the mixture.
Nymphaea Caerulea is also highly respected and by Indians and in Buddhism.