The footprints of the Buddha (Buddhapada) are one of the early representations of the Buddha.
According to Buddhist scriptures, after the Buddha attained enlightenment, his feet left an imprint in the stone wherever he stepped. The footprints of the Buddha are viewed as reminders of the Buddha's presence and the ever-present potential for enlightenment. Wherever they are displayed becomes a sacred space favoring prayer and meditation.
The Buddha's footprints are usually depicted with a dharmachakra (eight-spoked wheel) in the center, one of the distinguishing marks of a great being. For hundreds of years, there existed no images of Shakyamuni Buddha besides images of his footprints, which are said to be symbolic of the path to liberation.