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Princeton University unveils Hindu temple on campus


Distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, who has been demanding a permanent and exclusive Prayer Room at Princeton University, has commended Princeton for responding to the requirements of its Hindu students to provide designated prayer-meditation hall for rituals, quiet reflection, festivals and spiritual exercise, which would help in their personal growth.

Hindu Lord Vishnu
Hindu Lord Vishnu

Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, pointed out in a statement today that it was a ?step in the right direction? in view of presence of a substantial number of Hindu students at Princeton, as it was important to meet the spiritual needs of these students. Zed thanked Princeton President Christopher L. Eisgruber and its Board Chair Kathryn A. Hall for University?s positive response to the requirements of its Hindu students.

Rajan Zed urged all USA and Canadian universities, both public and private, to respond to the needs of their considerable Hindu student bodies and offer prayer facility; as they needed to recognize the intersection of spirituality and education, which was important in Hinduism. Some other universities/colleges in USA do offer Hindu prayer rooms.

Editorial Board of Princeton student newspaper ?The Daily Princetonian?, University?s ?only paper of record?, endorsed the student initiative of creation of a Hindu prayer space on campus in April, which it said ?has wide support from both Hindu and non-Hindu, religious and non-religious students across the University?. Many Princeton students, Hindus as well non-Hindus, in a survey, reportedly expressed interest in creation of Hindu prayer space and supported the idea.

Princeton reportedly already has a University Chapel hosting many Christian services, Muslim Prayer Room, Center for Jewish Life and Interfaith Prayer Room.

Chartered in 1746 and spread in 500 acres, Ivy League world-renowned research university Princeton is the fourth-oldest college in USA. Many of its faculty/staff have won Nobel Prizes. Its library holdings are over 14 million and its students number around 7,946.

Hinduism, oldest and third largest religion of the world, has about one billion adherents and moksh (liberation) is its ultimate goal. There are about three million Hindus in USA.

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