Historical Hindu Prayer Opened Colorado House Of Representatives In USA

February 18, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Baltische Rundschau


Groundbreaking Sanskrit mantras from ancient Hindu scriptures reverberated in Colorado House of Representatives in Denver today, reportedly for the first time in its history.

Acclaimed Hindu statesman Rajan Zed read this prayer. Representatives and others stood quietly in prayer mode with heads bowed down, when Zed recited from ancient Sanskrit scriptures after sprinkling gangajal (holy water from river Ganga in India) around the podium.

“It is a day of honor for us when ancient Sanskrit scriptures are being read in this great hall of democracy,” Zed said before the House prayer. After Sanskrit delivery, Zed then read the English translation of the prayer. Sanskrit is considered sacred language in Hinduism and root language of Indo-European languages.

Rajan Zed, who is president of Universal Society of Hinduism, recited from Rig-Veda, the oldest scripture of the world still in common use, dated from around 1,500 BCE, besides lines from Upanishads and Bhagavad-Gita (Song of the Lord), both ancient Hindu scriptures. He started and ended the prayer with “Om”, the mystical syllable containing the universe, which in Hinduism is used to introduce and conclude religious work.