The footprint of the Buddha is represents the Buddha’s teachings, and his continued (symbolic) presence on earth. Paradoxically, they are also viewed as reminders of the Buddha’s absence, and the Buddhist ideal of detachment. The emblem is most likely modeled on the Vedic tradition of venerating the feet of deities; similar emblems exist honoring Vishnu and other Hindu gods. In many places, the Buddhapada marks a place where the Buddha is believed to have visited in his lifetime; these are venerated as holy places.
Buddhapada with auspicious symbols