Hindu chaplain delivers prayer in Colorado House
DENVER, Colorado ” A Hindu chaplain delivered the morning prayer in the House on Tuesday in what is believed to be a first for the Denver, Colorado chamber.
Rajan Zed of Reno, Nev., read passages from Hindu scripture about selflessness and the common good. He read them in Sanskrit and then in English.
He also sprinkled water from India’s Ganges River around the podium.
Zed delivered the first Hindu prayer in the U.S. Senate in 2007 at the invitation of Majority Leader Harry Reid. Since then he has traveled to state legislatures to offer prayers, including the Colorado Senate last year.
Purnima Voria, founder of the National U.S. India Chamber of Commerce, said Tuesday’s prayer was timely. She hopes the message of selflessness will linger as lawmakers decide how to spend the federal stimulus money.