The Footprint of the Buddha

is the imprint of one or both of Gautama Buddha’s foot. There are two types: natural (found in stone or rock) and artificial (produced in a lab). Of course, many of the “natural” ones are recognized as replicas or depictions of the Buddha’s footprints, which can be called Cetiya (Buddhist relics) as well as an early aniconic and symbolic image of the Buddha.

The Buddha’s footprints can be seen all over Asia, originating from different periods. They frequently have identifying symbols etched or painted on the sole, such as a Dharmachakra in the center or the 32, 108, or 132 fortunate signs of the Buddha.

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