charm; magical object
Around his neck he wore, as a talisman, a medallion stamped with a combined omkar, crescent moon, and crucifix.
telesma (talisman, religious rite, payment) (Greek)
Talisman sounds like Tilism (hindi word), which also refers to a magical charm (most probably a locket or an amulet) that helps protect its bearer. It sounds similar to tulsi (a Holy Plant). whenever we go for certain exam it is given hoping that luck would be with us. bcoz it is pure and holy and this plant holds extreme importance to indians