Hindu god celebrated at city hall

On a quiet afternoon yesterday, city hall was vibrant with songs, dance, prayer and colourful displays, celebrating the birthday of Lord Krishna.

On a quiet afternoon yesterday, city hall was vibrant with songs, dance, prayer and colourful displays, celebrating the birthday of Lord Krishna.

Through the city’s Celebrating our Faiths program, which was developed with the Edmonton Interfaith Centre, the Edmonton Hindu Society received the opportunity to share its culture with the public and will get to keep its displays up for one month.

“It creates understanding, harmony and knowledge about the various faiths in the city,” said Sushil Kalia, past-president and priest of the Hindu Society of Alberta.

“By understanding each other and knowing each other, I think we are better equipped to create that spirit of love and respect for each other.”

Although the actual birthday isn’t until Sept. 1, Kalia decided it was appropriate to have a theme about Lord Krishna.

“We say Krishna is an incarnation of God,” he said. “We offer prayers to him ... He is God for us.”

The presentation included a moment of prayer for those lost in the flooding in Pakistan.

“May this chant heal their suffering,” said Kalia.

 
 
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