Nevada spiritual leader to give first Hindu prayer in Oklahoma Senate

Nevada spiritual leader to give first Hindu prayer in Oklahoma Senate

Rajan Zed, president of Universal Society of Hinduism, delivers a prayer from Sanskrit scriptures before the Idaho Senate in Boise. The spiritual leader from Nevada was expected to deliver the first-ever Hindu prayer in the Oklahoma Senate on Monday part of an interfaith effort in a Legislature that has faced some criticism for its lack of religious diversity.

Nevada spiritual leader to give first Hindu prayer in Oklahoma Senate

Rajan Zed, president of Universal Society of Hinduism, delivers a prayer from Sanskrit scriptures before the Idaho Senate in Boise. The spiritual leader from Nevada was expected to deliver the first-ever Hindu prayer in the Oklahoma Senate on Monday part of an interfaith effort in a Legislature that has faced some criticism for its lack of religious diversity.

Nevada spiritual leader to give first Hindu prayer in Oklahoma Senate

Oklahoma state Rep. Jason Dunnington, D-Oklahoma City, speaks on the House floor in Oklahoma City. Spiritual leader Rajan Zed, of Nevada, is scheduled to deliver the opening prayer at the Oklahoma Senate in Oklahoma City on Monday. Dunnington criticized Republican leaders in the House earlier this year after his request to have a local Muslim cleric deliver the opening prayer in that chamber was denied.

Nevada spiritual leader to give first Hindu prayer in Oklahoma Senate

Oklahoma state Sen. Stephanie Bice, left, R-Oklahoma City, speaks during a news conference in Oklahoma City. Spiritual leader Rajan Zed, of Nevada, is scheduled to deliver the opening prayer at the Oklahoma Senate in Oklahoma City on Monday. Zed is appearing at the invitation of Bice, who has invited several interfaith leaders to deliver the opening prayer in the Senate next week.