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North Dakota Legislature opens Senate with Hindu invocation

April 1, 2019

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A spiritual leader from Nevada is delivering the North Dakota Legislature’s first Hindu prayer.

Rajan Zed, president of the Universal Society of Hinduism, visited the Capitol on Monday and offered the opening floor session prayer in the Senate. He is scheduled to deliver a prayer in the House on Tuesday.

Zed is a native of India. He says he has delivered prayers in about 17 statehouses and the U.S. Senate.

In his prayer, Zed told senators in Sanskrit and English to “do your work with the welfare of others in mind.”

Zed wore an orange robe and paint on his forehead that he said symbolized auspiciousness.

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