Indian culture has various kinds of practices. There are scientific reasons behind each one. And the
younger generation does not know the significance of many of the practices.
One such practice unique to India is touching the feet of the elders, saints, sages and parents. Why is this done?
There are several benefits behind this tradition. According to scriptures, the act of touching feet is
a mark of kindness and in return the elders bless the person which reduces his/her misfortune and
calms down the mind.
There are some physical, mental and ideological developments associated with it. The person is not
only benefited with the blessings but unconsciously the person reveals his/her modesty and humble
It is also a sort of exercise. There are three methods of touching the feet. The first is to lean forward and touch the feet, second way is to sit on knees and the third one is the 'Sashtaang Pranaam'.
- Leaning forward and touching the feet stretches the waist and back bone.
- The second method relieves pain of the knees as the person bend his/her knees.
- All the joints of the body get stretched in the third method which removes stress and cures body pain.
- Bowing down increases blood circulation which is beneficial for a good health.
Touching the feet reduces ego as it indicates respect and subservience. When the feeling of respect
and dedication arouse automatically it suppress the egoistic nature of the person.Touching the feet of elders and parents before venturing any new task or assignment, ensures
success and confidence.
With all these benefits and advantages, the custom is being practiced whole heartedly and it indicates India's rich heritage.So with all the above mentioned benefits don't forget to touch the feet of elders on each and every occasion now and then. You get the blessings as well the exercise.