Totems are generally placed outside houses to ward of evil spirits or thoughts. In India, there are various kinds of totems you would find, based on different cultural, regional and religious beliefs. This particular totem is famous in the Kolhapur state of Maharashtra. Legend has it that if some one steals your shoes, you are free of your sadness and miseries. When my mom went for a Darshan (seek blessings) at Goddess Lakshmi’s temple at Kolhapur, she got me one to hang it outside the door. When you do pick up one, you will realise it is meant only for the left foot. I am still trying to figure out its significance, do enlighten me if you know!