Hindus are urging for a designated “Hindu Prayer Room” at Taoyuan International (TI) Airport, Taiwan’s largest and one of the world’s leading airports.
TI Airport, which is “determined to join the front ranks of socially responsible global enterprises”, already has Christian, Islamic and Buddhist prayer rooms in the departure zones of its terminals one and two.
Distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada today, said that as considerable number of Hindu passengers used TI Airport; 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 Chairman Samuel P. Lin and CEO Hourng-Jiun Fei to work in this direction as an issue of fairness and equality in customer service. He or other Hindu scholars would be glad to help, if asked, regarding the structure of “Hindu Prayer Room”.
Hindus would appreciate TI Airport if this “Hindu Prayer Room” had murtis (statues) of popular deities, copies of sacred scriptures, a traditional bell and recorded devotional music; Rajan Zed noted.
Prayer/worship to God was highly important in Hinduism, oldest and third largest religion of the world, and it would be great to have “Hindu Prayer Room” at TI Airport so that Hindu passengers did not miss their daily worship rituals/rites while travelling through it; which might include recitation of texts, repetition of mantras and dhayan (meditation), Zed added.
TI Airport in Taoyuan City; launched in 1979 and whose core values include “security, integrity, professional, innovation and passion”; served over 34.1 million passengers and handled about 2,089 million kilograms of cargo in 2014; and was 11th busiest airport worldwide in terms of international passengers.
There are about one billion Hindus in the world.