Seattle-Area Hindus Hold Service for Mumbai Bombing Victims

July 17, 2006

Source: The Seattle Times

On July 17, 2006 The Seattle Times reported, "Hour after hour Tuesday, Mahesh Shastri tried desperately to telephone his family in Bombay. Like many Seattle-area residents with roots in India's largest city, Shastri wanted to reach family and friends after a series of bombs tore apart commuter trains in Bombay, killing 182 people and injuring more than 800. It took dozens of calls, but eventually he learned that his loved ones were indeed OK. 'I'm really, really proud that the people there started helping each other out,' Shastri, a priest at the Hindu Temple and Cultural Center in Bothell, told about 200 people who filled the center Sunday to remember the bombing's victims. 'Today, we are here to search for answers,' said Mani Vadari, chairman of the temple's board of trustees. 'We are not here to condemn those who set off the bombs. On that day, life came to a stop for many of us, but we cannot let this stop us forever.' U.S. Rep. Jim McDermott, D-Seattle, spoke briefly, lamenting a lack of U.S. government response compared with other terrorist attacks around the world, such as bombings in London and Madrid... Bothell Mayor Mark Lamb told temple members they were 'among friends in this community.' Temple priests led prayers as the people in the temple sat on green, blue and orange prayer mats. The priests offered spiritual insight in hopes of making sense of the attack."