First Hindu Baccalaureate Service Planned at US Varsity

April 29, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Mangalorean

Wire Service: IANS

Hindu Baccalaureate Service, perhaps a first in the US, will be held at University of Nevada, Reno (UNR) May 11 to bless the graduating class in the traditional style following Hindu scriptures.

Swami Vedananda, a noted Hindu monk from California, will bless the graduates with wisdom from the Vedas, Upanishads, and Bhagvad-Gita and apply tilak (religious mark) over their foreheads.

The first annual service - called Dikshant Utsav in India - has been organised by Hindu leader Rajan Zed in collaboration with Indian Student Organisation of UNR.

Starting with Gayatri Mantra by Zed and Gita recitation by Subhashree Misra of Nevada Desert Research Institute, the ceremony will also include prayers and blessings by Christian, Muslim, Buddhist, Jewish, and Bahai leaders.