LITTLE ROCK, AR – The leader of a religious group based in Nevada is requesting that a statue of a Hindu god be allowed on the Arkansas State Capitol grounds.
In a news release issued Tuesday, Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, President of the Universal Society of Hinduism, cited Governor Asa Hutchinson’s signing into law back in April of a bill allowing a privately funded Ten Commandments monument on the capitol property.
Zed is urging that Hindus be granted permission to place a statue of Lord Hanuman at the site and adds that they would arrange it to be built, designed and paid for with private funds.
In the release, Zed states that Arkansas has a substantial number of Hindu residents and students who would love to see a statue of the greatly revered god who is worshipped and known for incredible strength and being a perfect grammarian.
“If permitted, we planned to make it big and weather-proof,” Zed added.
Besides honoring Arkansas Hindus, the statue would raise awareness of Arkansans about Hinduism, the oldest and third largest religion of the world with about one billion followers, the release continued.
According to the group, there are about three million Hindus living in the USA.