Five city councils in California and one in Nevada are opening their meetings with Hindu prayers containing ancient Sanskrit mantras in the coming weeks.
Hindu leader Rajan Zed is reciting these prayers before city councils of Bakersfield, Fresno, Modesto, Lincoln and Yuba City in California and Henderson in Nevada.
Zed, who is president of Universal Society of Hinduism, is delivering these prayers from ancient Hindu scriptures at Lincoln (April 27), Yuba City (May 4), Bakersfield (May 5), Modesto (May 11), Fresno (May 13) and Henderson (May 18). After first reciting in Sanskrit, he will then read the English translation of the prayer. Sanskrit is considered a sacred language in Hinduism and root language of Indo-European languages.