History will be created when a Hindu prayer will be recited at the opening of
the US Senate in Washington DC on July 12.
Rajan Zed, a Hindu chaplain, said that he had been officially asked to say
the prayer. He said he believes this may be the first time any Hindu prayer is
delivered in the Senate since its formation in 1789.
Zed is likely to choose the prayer from the Rig Veda, the Upanishads and the
Bhagavad Gita. He said he plans to start and end the prayer with 'Om', the
mystical Hindu syllable. The full text of the prayer will be included in the
There are an estimated two million Indian Americans in the US. Followers of
Hindu groups like ISKCON may add up to another one million.
"July 12 will be an illustrious day for all Americans and a memorable day for
Indian Americans when prayers from ancient Hindu scriptures will be read in the
great hall of democracy," Zed said.
Usually, the Senate chaplain delivers the opening prayer but sometimes guest
chaplains are invited from all over the country to read the prayer.
Original article: Hindu-Asian News Service
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