Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami, head of Kauai’s Hindu Monastery and publisher of Hinduism Today, will be guest chaplain for the U.S. House of Representatives and will offer the opening prayer as the House begins its session on June 4, 2013, just after noon.
The invitation has come through Representative Ed Royce of California’s 39th District, inspired by the work of the Hindu American Foundation (HAF) and timed to be part of HAF’s 10th Annual Advocacy Day.
While Satguru Bodhinatha will be the third Hindu guest chaplain to offer a prayer before Congress, he is the first Hindu monk and major religious leader partaking in this honor. The first Hindu prayer was offered by Venkatachalapathi Samuldrala of the Siva-Vishnu Temple of Parma, Ohio on September 14, 2000, the day Prime Minister of India, Atal Bihari Vajpayee, addressed a joint session of Congress. The second guest chaplain was Rajan Zed of Reno, Nevada, who opened the Senate on July 12, 2007.