January 12 to be marked as Sanskrit Day in US county

January 14th, 2008 - 6:03 pm ICT by admin  

Washington, Jan 14 (ANI): At the two-day Sanskrit Seminar, the first of its kind in the United States, it has been decided that now onwards, January 12 will be celebrated as Sanskrit Day in Nevada county of the US.

The seminar that was attended by nearly three-dozen of participants resulted in Washoe County of Nevada proclaiming January 12 as “Sanskrit Day”. It is reportedly the first time any County in USA has dedicated a day to Sanskrit.

Robert M Larkin, Chairman of Washoe County Commission, who signed and read the proclamation at the inauguration, said: As Hinduism expands in the West, it is important that to understand Hinduism, and one should have a working knowledge of Sanskrit.

The seminar, concluded with chanting of Sanskrit shlokas by Andrea Forman, lead singer of Shanti Shanti, the only Sanskrit rock band in the world.

Organized by prominent Hindu chaplain and Indo-American leader, Rajan Zed, and run by Govinda Yelagalawadi, well-known Sanskrit scholar, its participants included Christian and Unitarian Universalist ministers, doctors, lawyers, scientists, university professors, and students. (ANI)

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