For the first time in since its charter in 1852, Rockford City Council opened up with a word of Hindu prayer instead of a traditional Christian prayer.
Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, the President of the Universal Society of Hinduism, led the chambers in a prayer on Monday, which contained verses from the world’s oldest existing scripture. Zed delivered the prayer first in Sanskrit, followed by an English translation. Sanskrit is considered a sacred language in Hinduism.
Reciting from the Bhagavad-Gita, Zed proposed to urge Aldermen to keep the welfare of others in mind.
Zed, a global Hindu and interfaith leader, posed with city leaders afterward for a picture. He traveled to Rockford from Texas, and recently addressed both the Cook and Kane County Boards on a tour through the Midwest.
Hinduism is the oldest and third largest religion in the world. There are about three million Hindus living in the USA.