Pada Puja would be usually performed by the children to their parents, in order to show their love and gratitude on them.Children would apply turmeric and sandal paste on the feet of their parents during festivals and other auspicious days. As per our Hinduism, we must first worship our father and mother, then Guru and then only we have to worship the god. Our parents are acting as the supreme god to us, since they only fulfills all of our needs and wishes in our daily life.
From the Bhagavata Purana, we can know about the life history of Pundarika, who was a staunch devotee of Lord Vittal, a form of Lord Krishna. Pundarika used to serve his parents in a pleasing manner, and even when Lord Vittal appears before him, he has asked him to wait for a few minutes, and made him to take rest in a stone.After serving his parents sincerely, he met Vittal, and worshipped him delightfully. Due to his noble act, after his death, he and his family had reached the abode of Lord Vishnu, the Vaikunta.
Hindus used to wash the feet of their parents, during the 60th and 80th birthday celebrations. We can also do Pada puja to the saints and noble persons, by asking them to visit our homes. Lord Brahma had done Pada puja to Lord Vamana from his Brahma Loka when Vamana had taken the Viswaroopa form during the Treta Yuga.
There is no certainty for human’s life. After losing our parents and crying in their fond memory would not fetch any results in our life. Instead of that, during their life time itself, we must have to honour them properly by doing Pada Puja to them. Doing Pada Puja to our parents is like taking bath in the sacred Ganges River for thousand times.We can also get the picture of the feet of Kanchi Paramacharya, Sri ChandraSekhara Saraswathi Swamigal, and we can worship it by keeping it in our Puja room.