Mayor Craig Greenberg of Louisville, Kentucky, has taken a significant step in promoting peace, tolerance, and understanding within his city by declaring September 3rd as “Sanatana Dharma Day.” This declaration was made during a meaningful re-consecration ceremony, known as ‘Mahakumbh Abhishekam,’ at the Hindu Temple of Kentucky. Deputy Barbara Sexton Smith read the official proclamation on behalf of Mayor Greenberg during this event, which was graced by the presence of spiritual leaders, dignitaries, and notable figures, including Chidanand Saraswati, president of Parmarth Niketan in Rishikesh, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, Bhagawati Saraswati, Lieutenant Governor Jacqueline Coleman, Deputy Chief of Staff Keisha Dorsey, and others.
This declaration follows a previous recognition of July 20th as ‘Encyclopedia of Hinduism’ day in Kentucky by former Louisville mayor Greg Fisher. Mayor Greenberg expressed his honor in attending the Mahakumbhabhishekam ceremony at the Hindu Temple, acknowledging the cultural significance of the rituals performed to renew and restore the temple. He shared his enthusiasm by writing on social media, “Our office has officially declared September 3rd as ‘Sanatana Dharma Day.'”
Sanatana Dharma, often referred to as Hinduism, stands as one of the world’s oldest spiritual traditions. Rooted in ancient scriptures and profound philosophical principles, it encompasses a diverse range of beliefs, practices, and rituals. For millions of people worldwide, Sanatana Dharma represents a way of life that fosters spiritual growth, compassion, and respect for all living beings.