Maryland (United States), May 30 (ANI): Sri Siva Vishnu Temple, a prominent Hindu temple of America in Lanham, has honoured, Rajan Zed, a Hindu statesman, for his services to the community.
Zed, who is president of Universal Society of Hinduism, was garlanded and a shawl was presented to him.
On this occasion, temple priests recited Sanskrit shlokas (verses) to bless him during his visit on May 25.
Ms. Mythili Bachu, Temple President, was also present on this occasion.
Rajan Zed is one of the panelists for "On Faith", a prestigious interactive conversation on religion produced jointly by Newsweek and Washingtonpost.com.
He has been awarded "World Interfaith Leader Award" by National Association of Interchurch and Interfaith Families.
Sri Siva Vishnu Temple, one of the largest in western hemisphere, incorporates Mayan, Pallava, Vijayanagara, Kerala and the South Canara styles of temple architecture.
It was built with the blessings of the Shankaracharyas, under the direction of eminent temple architect Dr. Ganapati Sthapati, and houses several Sannidhis with deities like Andal, Ayyappa, Durga, Ganesha, Hanuman, Karthikeya, Krishna, Lakshmi, Navagrahas, Parvathi, Rama, Saraswathi, Siva, Sudarsana, Venkateshwara, and Vishnu.
Open to all, Sri Siva Vishnu Temple holds free-of-charge seminars on Vedanta, Upanishads, ethics, and Hinduism; classes on meditation, Sanskrit, astrology, Vedas, yoga, Hindu philosophy and culture, and world religions; discussion series on Bhagavad-Gita, Puranas, Bhagavatam, Ramayan; daily-weekly-monthly pujas (worship); and discourses on Hindu scriptures and philosophy.
It also participates in various interfaith events in the region. Its children's educational programs include recitation of shlokas, Puranas storytelling, and performing of pujas. (ANI)