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    New Delhi (Sputnik): The National Day of Prayer, an annual observance, was first conducted publicly in 1988 in the US, when millions of people were asked "to turn to God in prayer and meditation”. While people used to gather across the country to pray together for America, this year prayers were observed via digital platforms.

    Indian priest from New Jersey Pujari Harish Brahmbhatt joined religious leaders from all faiths to offer prayers on the National Day of Prayer service at the invitation of US President Donald Trump. 

    The sacred Hindu prayer Vedic Shanti Path was recited by the priest in the Rose Garden of the White House on Thursday in front of POTUS and US First Lady Melania Trump.

    “In these troubled times of COVID-19, social distancing and lockdown, it is not unusual for people to feel anxious or not at peace. The shanti prayer or peace prayer does not seek worldly riches, success, fame, nor is it a prayer for any desire for heaven", Brahmbhatt announced to the audience in his brief remarks from the Rose Garden podium.

    He explained that it is a “beautiful Hindu prayer for peace” and it is a Vedic prayer from one of the four Vedas (ancient religious text) Yajur Veda.

    The National Day of Prayer is celebrated each year on the first Thursday of May to collectively pray for the nation. At a time when the world may be turning to prayer to end the coronavirus pandemic, US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump honoured the National Day of Prayer service.

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