By Stephen Magagnini
Saturday, those curious about Hinduism, a 10,000 year old religion practiced by close to 1 billion people worldwide - including 25,000 in the Sacramento region - are invited to to a free Sangam, meaning confluence.
Devotional music, dance, teachings, discussions, plays and Sanskrit poems will be presented at the Shree Laxmi Narayan Mandir temple, 7495 Elder Creek Road, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The event - sponsored by various Indian organizations under the banner "Annapoorna," a Sanskrit word meaning well-fed -- will offer free Indian vegetarian food for everyone at 12:40 to 2 p.m., said Venu Mallesara, one of the organizers.
"There will be sessions on various aspects of Hindusim, including yoga, meditation, pranayam breathing techniques and seva, meaning selfless service," said Mallesara. "There are so many Hindu related activities now in the U.S., we want to bring everybody onto the same page and showcase the values of Hinduism, the oldest and largest religion in the world with moksh (liberation) as it's ultimate goal."
Speakers include Sri Rajan Zed, President of the Universal Society of Hinduism, who will deliver the inaugural address "Hindu Sangam" at 10 a.m. The keynote speech will be given by Ved Prakash Nanda, a professor of International Law at John Evans University in Denver.