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Ahimsa: A Hindu, Jain, and Buddhist doctrine expressing belief in the sacredness of all living creatures and urging the avoidance of harm and violence.

Buddhapada: 'Buddha's feet' in Sanskrit; also the term for Buddha's footprints, which are worshipped by followers.

Mojari: A shoe with a closed upper and a dramatically upturned toe.

Nizam: A title for rulers of Hyderabad, India.

Paduka: An ancient form of Indian toe-knob sandal. In its simplest form, the paduka is made of a wooden board cut roughly in the shape of a footprint. Paduka made of precious, luxurious materials became ornaments in a bride's trousseau, served as ritual objects of veneration for devotees or become votive offerings from the faithful.

Shatari: A shatari is a ritual object usually placed in Vaishnava shrines at the feet of the principal deity.

Vishnu: Vishnu is regarded as a major god in Hinduism and Indian mythology. He is thought as the preserver of the universe, while two other major Hindu gods, Brahma and Shiva, are considered the creator and destroyer of the universe, respectively.

Vishnupada: 'Vishnu's feet' in Sanskrit; also the term for Vishnu's footprints, which are worshipped by followers.