Hindus urge weekly kirtan at Amsterdam Airport

Hindus have urged once-a-week kirtan (devotional chanting) and arti session at the “Meditation centre” of Schiphol Amsterdam Airport (The Netherlands), which is among the world’s top ten airports.

Schiphol has a Meditation centre for all religions. On Sundays, there is a church service at 11.00 hours. Alternately there is a Mass, and Anglican service or a Protestant service, according to its website.

Distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, said that lot of Hindu passengers daily used Schiphol and it would be nice if they could participate in once-a-week kirtan and arti session.

Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, urged Schiphol President J.A. Nijhuis RA to work in this direction as an issue of fairness and equality in customer service. Moreover, it would be quite in line with Schiphol Corporate Responsibility, which stated: “Schiphol conducts business with respect for people”, Zed added.

Prayer/worship to God was highly important in Hinduism, oldest and third largest religion of the world, and it would be great to have once-a-week kirtan and arti sessions at Schiphol so Hindus felt included while travelling through it, Rajan Zed noted.

World Airport Awards lists Schiphol at number three among World’s Top Airports 2013. It handled 51 million passengers and 1.5 million tonnes of cargo in 2012.

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