Why do Indians not touch papers and books with feet?

To Indians, knowledge is sacred and divine. So it must be given respect at all times. Nowadays we separate subjects as sacred and secular. But in ancient India every subject – academic or spiritual – was considered divine and taught by the guru in the gurukula.

The custom of not stepping on educational tools is frequent remainder of the high position accorded to knowledge in Indian culture. From an early age, this wisdom fosters in us a deep reverance for books and education. This is also the reason why we worship books, vehicles and instruments once a year in Saraswathi pooja or Ayudha pooja day, dedicated to the Goddess of Learning. In fact, each day before starting our studies, we pray:

Sarawathi namasthubyam
Varade kama roopini
Vidhyaarambham karishyaami
sidhir bhavathume sadaa
O Goddess Saraswati, the giver of
Boons and fulfiller of wishes
I prostrate to you before
starting my studies
May you always fulfill me
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