TULSA - A Hindu group is the latest organization to consider erecting a privately-funded monument on the grounds of the Oklahoma State Capitol.
Rajan Zed, described as a Hindu statesman and President of the Universal Society of Hinduism, says the USH may apply for permission to erect a monument from the Oklahoma State Capitol Preservation Commission.
Earlier in the week, the Satanic Temple in New York City announced plans to submit a design for its own monument.
The groups argue that since the Oklahoma legislature allowed a monument to the 10 commandments on the grounds of the capitol, their religions should have equal access.
The Hindu monument would honor Hanuman, a monkey- or ape-like god highly revered in the Hindu religion.
Here is the statement released by Rajan Zed:
Hindus are also thinking of erecting a statue of Lord Hanuman if the space is available in the Oklahoma State Capitol grounds in Oklahoma City (USA).
Universal Society of Hinduism is planning to apply to Oklahoma State Capitol Preservation Commission for permission to place a statue of Lord Hanuman in the statehouse grounds and hopes that Commission will approve it.
Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, said that if the Oklahoma State Capitol was open to different monuments, we would love to have a statue of Lord Hanuman, who was greatly revered and worshipped and known for incredible strength and was perfect grammarian.
Zed pointed out that besides honoring the Hindus living in Oklahoma, this statue would raise awareness of Oklahomans about Hinduism, oldest and third largest religion of the world with about one billion adherents and a rich philosophical thought.
Rajan Zed stated that he had written to Oklahoma State Capitol Preservation Commission Chair Trait Thompson and others for detailed procedure, required forms, conditions to be met for approval, size and dimensions of the statue, etc., for permission to erect the Lord Hanuman statue, which they planned to make big and weather-proof.
Oklahoma State Capitol Preservation Commission, based in Oklahoma City, has 15 members, including Thompson, who is Senior Policy Advisor in Oklahoma Senate; and Louis Trost is Vice Chair. Created in 1982 to plan and supervise the preservation and restoration of the interior and exterior of the Oklahoma State Capitol building, it also controls the display of objects in public areas of the State Capitol building.
There are about three million Hindus living in USA and ultimate goal of Hinduism is moksh (liberation).
Mary Fallin is the Governor of Oklahoma, also known as Sooner State, which Lonely Planet describes as “a place with deep Native American significance”. Over 25 Native American languages are reportedly spoken in Oklahoma.