I read this verse stated by Lord Shiva to Devi Parvati -
ārādhanaṃ sarveṣāṃ viṣṇor ārādhanaṃ paraṃ
of all kinds of worship, worship of Lord Vishnu is the best.
tasmāt parataraṁ devi tadīyānāṁ samarcanam:
and better than the worship of Lord Viṣṇu is the worship of His devotee, the Vaiṣṇava.."
I feel that it is highly unlikely that the same verse exists in all three puranas. So I searched online but couldn't find the source. While searching I found that most of the times in his commentaries to Bhagavatam and the Gita and also in the above link, Prabhupada attributes this to padma purana.
1.Can somebody please point to the actual source of the verse (preferably purana and verse number with the [authentic] link) and clarify whether this is repeated in the aforementioned puranas?
2. Also can someone comment on the translation of the next part of the verse -
tasmāt parataraṁ devi tadīyānāṁ samarcanam