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Hindu Americans organise car rally in Washington suburb to celebrate Ram temple inauguration

Washington: Members of the Hindu American community on Saturday organised a car rally in a suburb of Washington DC to commemorate the inauguration of the Ram Temple in Ayodhya.

Several community members on Saturday afternoon gathered at the Shri Bhakta Anjaneya Temple in Ayodhya Way, near Frederick City Maryland, which the organisers said, started the month-long celebrations of the Ram Mandir in India.

“After 500 years of struggle by Hindus, Bhagwan Shri Ram Mandir is being inaugurated and so we are organising a historic celebration of the same in the Washington, DC area on January 20 next year with about 1,000 American Hindu families. The celebration will include Ram Leela, stories of Shri Ram, Hindu prayers to Shri Ram, bhajans (devotional songs) to Bhagawan Shri Ram and his family,” said Mahendra Sapa, the president of Vishwa Hindu Parishad of America DC chapter.

“The celebration will feature the enactment on the life of God Shri Ram by kids of various ages for about 45 minutes in a manner understandable to kids born in America,” he said.

Co-organiser and a local Tamil Hindu leader, Premkumar Swaminathan, sang a song praising Lord Shri Rama in Tamil language and gave invitations to all families for the January 20th celebration in the USA as well as the actual inauguration in Ayodhya on January 22 next year.

Other organisers spoke in Kannada, Telugu, and other languages, describing the importance of Bhagawan Shri Ram, who is exemplary to Hindus living all over the world.

Car Rally organiser Krishna Gudipati invited all devotees of Shri Ram to celebrate the celebration of Ayodhya Mandir with a bigger car and motorbike rally.

Local Hindu leader Ankur Mishra explained how important it is to remember the historic inauguration of Ayodhya Mandir for many Hindu generations and families to become model citizens of American culture.

(Published 17 December 2023, 03:07 IST)

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