Click to Enlarge     In that time Buddha lifted up his foot. . . .and said,


    “Whoever beholds the symbols upon the sole of my foot shall be purified of all their faults, freed from the results of their innumerable thousands of imperfections and will be conducted upon the Way of Enlightenment."


    The story goes that the Buddha left an imprint of his footprint on a stone near Kusinara, a reminder of his presence on earth. As the historical Buddha began to be seen as a superhuman one, the idea developed that he had certain physical attributes different from those of ordinary humans. Eventually 32 major signs were described as distinguishing the physical form of the Buddha. One such sign was that his soles were flat and marked with auspicious symbols. The Footprint depicts that moment when Buddha first came down from heaven. To this day there is a celebration commemorating that moment at which offerings of flowers and sweets are given. During the earliest period of Buddhist art, the Footprint was one of the symbols which were used in narrative reliefs depicting the Buddha's life scenes to indicate his personal presence.


    Chocolate Deities' Buddha Footprint is carved on a rectangular slab of chocolate with four-petaled flowers on each toe. These Flowers symbolize the Four Directions and Everlasting Life.


    The Conch-Shell or Trumpet is the symbol of the Voice of the Buddha. “At the sound of the blowing of the shell, all the heavenly deities are filled with delight and come to hear the Buddha teach.”


    The Fish signifies freedom from all restraints. “As in the water a fish moves easily in any direction, so in the Buddha-state the fully-emancipated knows no restraints or obstructions.”


    The Flower-Vase is the emblem of murôô,--a mystical word which might be literally rendered as "not-leaking"-- signifying that condition of supreme intelligence triumphant over birth and death.


    The unraveling Knots of Eternity represent long life.


    The Wheel-of-a-Thousand-Spokes curiously is explained by various quotations:


    "The effect of a wheel is to crush something; and the effect of the Buddha's preaching is to crush all fears, delusions, errors, doubts, and superstitions.” Therefore, preaching the doctrine is called “turning the Wheel.” The Buddha's teachings penetrate the hearts of people as the Wheel turns.


    The Tchakra on the heel is a felicitous symbol in which a Three Pronged Element surmounts a circular flower motif symbolizing the Three Jewels of Buddhism. In the center of the heel is a Wheel, a symbol of Buddhist teachings, and as a perfect circle it lacks nothing. Meditators position the Footprint with the toes facing towards them, as if the Buddha is facing them.