In a first ever-Hindu event, Vedic Hymns reverberated the hallways of the Georgia state Capital building in down town Atlanta. The Atlanta Chapter of the Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh (HSS) organized the first ever Hindu event, an exhibition of ‘Hindu Culture and dharmic traditions of India’ at the capital on August 28, 2006. Priest Srinivasa Sarma from the Hindu Temple of Atlanta chanted the hymns from the most ancient Hindu scriptures - the Vedas - while Georgia State Representatives Pedro Marin, Brooks Coleman and Tom Rice inaugurated the Exhibition.
The South Atrium of the capitol building was packed with the who's who of the Atlanta Hindu-American community as well as many young professionals taking off from their lunch breaks to witness a new beginning for the Hindu community at the Capitol. The event started with a welcome address by Sandeep Parashar, the Atlanta coordinator of the Exhibition. Representative Pedro Marin, representing Georgia District 96 that is a part of Gwinnett County invited the Hindu-American community to empower themselves by joining the diverse political mainstream. He also welcomed HSS to host the Exhibition during the months of January to March when the Capitol is in session.
Representative Tom Rice, Georgia District 51 (parts of Fulton and Gwinnett counties), reminded the audience of the most cherished American values of liberty and freedom that are absent from almost 90% of the countries in the world today while congratulating the Hindu-American community for its professional conduct in availing itself of the
opportunities that America provides.
Representative Brooks Coleman, Georgia District 97 (part of Gwinnett County) was excited to see the Exhibition at the Capitol. He expressed his curiosity about the Hindu culture and religion and his resolve and intent to learn more about it. Congratulatory messages from the Governor of Georgia, Sonny Purdue and Secretary of State, Cathy Cox was read at the gathering. They both congratulated HSS for bringing the Exhibition
to the State Capital.
Coordinator of HSS activities in the American continents gave a brief introduction to HSS and the Exhibition. The event concluded with a vote of thanks by Srikant Konda in which he "thanked all the Atlanta Hindu temples for supporting this event". This was followed by a guided tour for the representatives.
The Exhibition titled 'Hindu Culture and Dharmic Traditions of India' is a bird's eye view of the vast Hindu cultural heritage. It aims to spread awareness amongst the American people and lawmakers about the Hindu Culture, traditions, Basic Concepts, Way of living, Hindu Temples, Art, Music, Philosophies such as Yoga, Ayurveda and ancient Hindu achievements in Math and the Sciences. The occasion for this "Hindu Awareness" campaign is the Birth Centenary Celebrations of Shri Madhav Sadashiv Golwalkar, one of modern India's greatest organizers and Spiritual giants.