Before entering a Hindu temple, a visitor would typically remove his or her shoes. One practical reason would be to keep the temple clean. This is similar to the Asian practice of removing one’s shoes before entering a house. Another reason could be as a mark of respect to the Gods. One couldn’t help feel vulnerable walking on the cold tiles.
There is an Indian proverb that goes “I had no shoes and complained, until I met a man who had no feet.” We tend to take our lives for granted, until something gets taken away from us. Life just has its strange ways of yanking our feet back to the ground.
Layer Sithi Vinayagar Temple, Singapore.