The design of the crest is in keeping with Indian artistic traditions. On the outer edge is a circle of pearls; followed by a lotus blossom design. In the centre is a typical Indian symbol, a tree, with roots upwards.
The Pearls stand for Wisdom and the lotus, a recurrent image in Indian Poetry, is a symbol of purity. The lotus is an emblem of the seeker of truth who overcomes all obstacles to attain wisdom. The tree symbolises life and growth, strength and shelter. In India the idea of the tree with its roots upwards is regarded as a symbol of life or creation.
“Men call the Aswattha – the Banyan tree –
Which hath its boughs beneath, its roots above,
The ever-holy tree. Yea! For its leaves
Are green and waving hymns which whisper truth….”
(From the Bhagvad Gita)
The tree with its roots upwards is very symbolic. The roots of our lives are anchored in God, for all that we are and all that we have is given to us. So, the roots growing upwards will continuously remind us that our source is God, in whom all our efforts, hopes and ideas are founded.
The motto is “Urdhva Mula” i.e. roots upwards. Two simple words, but eloquent nonetheless, they can instil in us, hope and courage when we are burdened by various challenges of life and our unfulfilled ideals. The roots growing upwards will continuously remind us that our source is God in whom all our efforts, hopes and ideas are founded. Let us make this motto – an incentive, a stimulus, a flaming torch, to light our minds with eternal wisdom.