Feet in Hinduism

Why no shoes in a Temple

As we mentioned, feet hold a powerful symbolism with Hindu culture. You take off your shoes when you enter a temple. When sitting you never point your feet towards people, especially seniors, and you never spread your feet before an altar or towards fellow worshippers. We can say the feet of people are considered low. In fact one of the greatest insults you can make is to throw shoes at someone. And yet the feet of God and seniors are special. God’s feet and even a guru’s feet are often called “lotus feet” and in some temples even a small set of shoes belonging to the Deity (shathari) is touched to the head of worshippers. We even drink the feet bathing water of God as a prasada and sprinkle the bathing water of a guru’s feet on our heads.

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