Wednesday, July 06, 2011

2 Utah City Councils opened with Hindu prayers on same day

The City Councils of South Jordan and Draper in Utah (USA) reverberated with Sanskrit mantras from ancient Hindu scriptures on July 5 evening.

Esteemed Hindu statesman Rajan Zed delivered invocation from Sanskrit scriptures before Draper and South Jordan City Councils on this day. After Sanskrit delivery, he then 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. Om was followed by Gayatri Mantra, the most sacred mantra in Hinduism.

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