A Hindu priest was among various religious leaders who offered prayers at the National Prayer Service of US President Donald Trump on January 21.
This is probably the first time a Hindu priest has been called for services at the national prayer service of the presidential inauguration.
Narayanachar L. Digalakota from the popular Sri Siva Vishnu Temple in Lanham, Maryland offered prayers at the National Prayer Service at the Washington National Cathedral.
Digalakota was joined by by Elder D. Todd Christofferson, Priest Bishop Harry Jackson, and Carlyle Begay to offer prayers for those who govern.
The tradition of an inaugural National Prayer Service dates back to the first inauguration of George Washington. Since 1933, more than seven such inaugural services have taken place at the Washington National Cathedral.
The US president and vice-president attended the service which included hymns, readings, and prayers.
Earlier, Trump has praised Hindu community’s “fantastic” contributions to world civilisation and American culture.
“We look forward to celebrating our shared values of free enterprise, hard work, family values, and a strong American foreign policy,” Trump had said in a statement.
He has also said, “The Indian and Hindu community will have a true friend in the White House.”
Trump has also been all priase to PM Modi and has said that he is doing a great. Trump xpects to strengthen and expand US’ relationship with India. The Indo-US bilateral relations blossomed under president Obama and PM Modi has done his bit to drive the relationship further.