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Nevada Assembly in USA opened with Hindu prayer

Nevada (US) , Tue, 26 Apr 2011 ANI

Nevada (US), April 26 (ANI): Nevada Assembly reverberated with Sanskrit mantras from ancient Hindu scriptures in Carson City, USA, on Monday.


Distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed delivered invocation from Sanskrit scriptures before Nevada Assembly.


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. Om was followed by Gayatri Mantra, the most sacred mantra in Hinduism.evada Assembly members, Assembly 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, Zed sprinkled few drops of sacred water from river Ganga in India around the podium before the prayer.


Reciting from Bhagavad-Gita, Zed prayed to Lord so that public officials are "pure, efficient, impartial, selfless" in all the undertakings. He also presented a copy of Bhagavad-Gita to Speaker John Oceguera. (ANI)


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