Distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed will deliver the invocation from ancient Sanskrit scriptures before the City Council. After Sanskrit delivery, he then will read the English translation of the prayer. Sanskrit is considered a sacred language in Hinduism and root language of Indo-European languages.
Zed is a global Hindu and interfaith leader, who besides taking up the cause of religion worldwide, has also raised huge voice against the apartheid faced by about 15-million Roma (Gypsies) in Europe. Bestowed with World Interfaith Leader Award; Zed is Senior Fellow and Religious Advisor to Foundation for Religious Diplomacy, Spiritual Advisor to National Association of Interchurch & Interfaith Families, etc.
Portsmouth, located on the western side of Elizabeth River, is known for its Olde Towne. Prominent people associated with it include recording artist Missy Elliott, bestselling novelist V.C. Andrews, stand-up comedians Patton Oswalt and Wanda Sykes, golf champion Chandler Harper and bassistMike Watt. Kenneth I. Wright, Paige D. Cherry and John L. Rowe are the Mayor, Vice Mayor and City Manager respectively.
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.