Hindu Prayer Room urged for Frankfurt Airport

Last Updated: Mon, Jun 24, 2013 10:07 hrs
Hindu Prayer Room urged for Frankfurt Airport

Nevada, June 24 (IBNS) A US based Hindu group has urged for a "Hindu Prayer Room" at Frankfurt Airport (FRA) in Germany, which is one of the world's ten largest airports.

FRA already has Christian chapel as well as Jewish, Muslim, and Orthodox prayer rooms. "The prayer and worship rooms at the airport let you escape all the hustle and bustle and find peace and quiet for praying or meditating," FRA website says.

Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) on Monday, said that lot of Hindu passengers daily used FRA and it would be nice if they had a quiet facility at the airport where they could pray/meditate/worship and perform religious services.

Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, urged Prime Minister Volker Bouffier of the German state of Hesse (which is largest shareholder of FRA) and FRA Executive Board Chairman Dr. Stefan Schulte to work in this direction as an issue of fairness and equality in customer service.

He said he or other Hindu scholars would be glad to help, if asked, regarding the structure of "Hindu Prayer Room".

Hindus would appreciate FRA if this "Hindu Prayer Room" had murtis (statues) of popular deities, copies of sacred scriptures, a traditional bell and recorded devotional music; and once-a-month kirtan and arti session was held in it, Zed noted.

Prayer Rooms and Chapel at FRA are reportedly open around the clock. "On the first Wednesday of each month between 12 noon and 1:30 p.m., there is a midday concert in the interdenominational Christian chapel: sometimes a choir sings, while other times a wind ensemble plays," FRA website states.

FRA, Germany's busiest commercial airport whose history goes back to 1924, covers about 21 square kilometers. Germany's largest place of employment at a single location with about 75,000 employees, FRA handled about 56.5 million passengers in 2011.

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