Charan Sparsh – The Importance of Touching Feet of Elders in Hindu Tradition

Charan Sparsh, to touch the feet of elders and take their blessing, is a Hindu tradition that is followed from the Vedic period. The importance of Charan Sparsh is mentioned in the Atharva Veda. Through the act of touching the feet of an elderly person, we show our respect and in return we are blessed. The person performing the Charan Sparsh act learns to be humble, courteous and respectful.

Some traditions believe that through Charan Sparsh positive energies are exchanged between two individuals. This exchange of energy helps in building self confidence and humility.