Visalia City Council in California has its first Hindu prayer

August 4th, 2010 - 5:31 pm ICT by ANI  

Nevada (US), Aug 4 (ANI): City Council of Visalia (California, USA), one of the fastest growing cities of California, reverberated with Sanskrit mantras from ancient Hindu scriptures on August two, reportedly for the first time since it was incorporated in 1864.

Noted Hindu statesman Rajan Zed delivered invocation from Sanskrit scriptures before Visalia City Council on this day. After Sanskrit delivery, he read the English translation of the prayer. Sanskrit is considered a sacred language in Hinduism and root language of Indo-European languages.

Zed, who is the president of Universal Society of Hinduism, recited from Rig-Veda, the oldest scripture of the world still in common use, 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.

City Councilors, city employees and public stood quietly in prayer mode with heads bowed down during the prayer. Wearing saffron colored attire, a ruddraksh mala (rosary), and traditional sandalpaste tilak (religious mark) on the forehead, Rajan Zed said before the actual prayer: “This is a day of honor for us when wisdom from ancient Sanskrit scriptures is being read in this great hall of democracy of great City of Visalia.”

Zed sprinkled few drops of sacred water from river Ganga in India around the podium before the prayer. He also presented copies of Bhagavad-Gita to Mayor Robert R. Link and Vice Mayor Amy Shuklian. (ANI)

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