Welcoming Nativity scene at Oklahoma State Capitol, Hindus intended to showcase various Hindu deities at the Capitol during next Diwali, most popular Hindu festival which falls on October 24 in 2022.
Hindus welcomed the idea of demonstration of religion at public places as long as it permitted the exhibits of diverse religions and denominations practiced in Oklahoma and the nation and the expression of non-believers, distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed said in Nevada today.
Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, indicated: We would invite Oklahoma Governor J. Kevin Stitt and First Lady Sarah Stitt to inaugurate this proposed Diwali display by lighting a traditional lamp. We are thinking of a 10-feet tall display monument and plan to sanctify it by chanting of mantras, some as old as 1,500 BCE; sprinkling of holy water from river Ganga in India; ringing of ghanta (big metallic bell); and other ancient rituals. It would be a nice blessing for the State.
Religion is highly meaningful, important, intensely valuable, and significant to many as it: brings happiness; builds inclusive and stronger communities; empowers societies; generates sacred power; makes us good neighbors; motivates us to the common good; persuades us to do the right thing; promotes altruism, charity, empathy, ethics, generosity, higher morals, selfless service; uplifts us; etc.; Rajan Zed points out.