The holders are made from Capiz shells from the Philippines.
The Lotus is the symbol of darkness to light, of ignorance to knowledge. The lotus also symbolises the 7 energy centres in the human body, called chakras.
The lotus has great significance in Hinduism and Buddhism. The flower symbolises divine birth and purity. The lotus is the attribute of the bodhisattva Samantabhadra. The Hindu god Vishnu is also usually depicted with a lotus flower. Goddesses depicted as benevolent partners of a god often hold a lotus. Deities, Buddhas and Bodhisattvas usually stand or sit on a lotus throne: a pedestal in the form of an open lotus flower.