Hindus would also like to erect a privately funded statue of Lord Hanuman in Arkansas State Capitol grounds in Little Rock.
Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson reportedly signed into law a bill on April eight allowing a privately funded Ten Commandments monument on Arkansas Capitol grounds. It could reportedly go up in the next few months.
Distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada today, said that they would urge Hutchinson to allow Lord Hanuman statue also on the Capitol grounds as they would arrange it to be constructed, designed and paid for by private funds at no expense to the state.
Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, pointed out that Arkansas had now substantial number of Hindu residents and students who would love to see a statue of Lord Hanuman, who was greatly revered and worshipped and known for incredible strength and was perfect grammarian. If permitted, we planned to make it big and weather-proof, Zed added.
Rajan Zed indicated that besides honoring the Arkansas Hindus, this statue would raise awareness of Arkansans about Hinduism, oldest and third largest religion of the world with about one billion adherents and a rich philosophical thought.
There are about three million Hindus living in USA and ultimate goal of Hinduism is moksh (liberation).
The Arkansas State Capitol, constructed between 1899 and 1915 on the site of the old state penitentiary using prison labor, already has multiple monuments on its grounds. Lonely Planet describes Arkansas as “America’s overlooked treasure” and “nature lover’s Shangri La”; and Walmart is headquartered here.