The Madera County Board of Supervisors will start its meeting with Hindu mantras for the first time Tuesday, containing verses from world’s oldest existing scripture.
Rajan Zed, president of the Universal Society of Hinduism, plans to deliver the invocation from three ancient Sanskrit texts before the board — the Rig-Veda, the Upanishads and the Bhagavad-Gita. He then will read the English translation of the prayer, according to a press release.
Sanskrit is considered a sacred language in Hinduism and root language of Indo-European languages.
Hinduism, oldest and third largest religion of the world, has about one billion adherents. There are about three million Hindus in USA.