Answer: When you do the Saashtaanga Namaskaram, it is wrong to touch the feet of the person. It is stated in the Srivaishnava Sadhachara Nirnaya, by touching the feet of the person, we pass on the our own sins to the person to whom one is doing the namaskaram. By frequently conveying our respects to the elders by doing namaskaram/prostrations, our own body gets a good lot of excercise and the lungs are getting to good expansion. In addition, the blessings from the elders too are surely an added benefit. If the person to whom one prostrates, is with very powerful brainwave length, then surely the blessings come true to the prostrator. This is also a way of conveying our respectes to the elders be it in the family or the society. In Srivaishnavites, it is a must to prostrate to the introduced elders, if one is meeting them for the first time, with due pranams and abhivadhanam. You can read the scientific values of prostration that are explained by a researcher in the pages under Religion >Sanathana Dharma>Other Rituals> Namaskar.
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