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Five US state senates to open with Hindu prayers

Five state senates in the US of Washington, New Mexico, Utah, Colorado and Arizona are set to open their sessions with Hindu prayers in the coming few weeks, creating a sort of milestone in the history of America.

india Updated: Jan 25, 2008 11:32 IST

Five state senates in the US are set to open their sessions with Hindu prayers in the coming few weeks, creating a sort of milestone in American history.

Rajan Zed, prominent Hindu chaplain who hit the headlines last July when he recited Vedic prayers at the US senate in Washington DC, has now been invited to read the prayers in the senates of New Mexico, Colorado, Utah, Washington and Arizona.

He will deliver these prayers from ancient Hindu scriptures at senate halls in state Capitols in Santa Fe (Jan 28), Denver (Jan 29), Salt Lake City (Feb 13), Olympia (Feb 22), and Phoenix (March 24).

After first reciting in Sanskrit, he will then read the English translations, a press release by him said.

Besides US senate, Zed has already done the honours at California and Nevada senates.

Reno, Nevada based Zed is active in inter-faith dialogue in the region. Rajan Zed will recite from the Rig-Veda, believed to be the world's oldest scripture dating from around 1,500 BC, besides lines from Upanishads and the Bhagavad Gita, both ancient Hindu scriptures.

He plans to start and end the prayer with "OM", the mystical syllable that in Hinduism is used to introduce and conclude religious work, the press release said.

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