Hindus have asked for a designated “Hindu prayer room” at all the university campuses across Britain.
Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement, said that UK universities should respond to the requirements of their Hindu students to provide designated prayer-meditation hall for rituals, quiet reflection, festivals and spiritual exercise, which would help in their personal growth.
Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, pointed out that it would be a ‘step in the right direction’ in view of presence of a substantial number of Hindu students at UK universities, as it was important to meet the spiritual needs of these students.
Rajan Zed noted that UK universities needed to recognise the intersection of spirituality and education, which was important in Hinduism.
Zed suggested that these Hindu prayer rooms should have an altar containing murtis (statues) of popular Hindu deities like Shiva, Vishnu, Rama, Krishna, Durga, Venkateshwara, Ganesha, Murugan, Saraswati, Hanuman, Lakshmi, Kali, etc.; besides being equipped with ghanta (big metallic bell hanging from the ceiling), dholak (two-headed hand-drum), Shiva-linga, etc.