It appears that Jon Huntsman and Mary Kaye owe their roots to India!

(From a Hindu Website)

The Sacred Religious Marks (Tilakam)

One should apply the sacred religious marks (Tilakam) after performing aachamana(sipping water sanctified and fortified with mantras). The sacred texts enjoin that the forehead must never be left unannointed.

It has been a tradition in all Hindu families, irrespective of caste and creed to mark the body with some sacred sign.It is an ancient practice still in use wherein women, men and children of all castes apply such signs according to their traditions to this date. It is decreed imperative in case of women.

Any women who sports a Tilakam on her forehead anywhere in world appears to owe her roots to bharatavarsha, i.e, India. It is our tradition to invite people to any auspicious ritual by applying a "Tilakam", vermilon dot on the forehead. It also signifies pleasantly the subsistence of her beloved husband. Even the most poverty sticken bid their relatives, friends, etc,farewell by applying a Tilakam. The havemores and the havenot, all commonly sport Tilakam. The splendour of a Tilakam is compared with that of Goddess Laxmi Devi herself and therefore, Indians paint even the portal of their residence with beautiful bindies lending unparalleled grace to it. The is not only a beautifying aid for women but also a charm to ward off evil, the elders opine. Beginning with a child in a cradle to a grandma, all women wear a Tilak.


Hindu prayer in senate of Mormon dominated US state

February 15th, 2008

New York, Feb 15(IANS) Utah, a state dominated by Mormons, created a religious milestone when its senate opened with a Hindu prayer with the chanting of Sanskrit mantras for the first time. Rajan Zed, a prominent Hindu chaplain who has earlier read Hindu prayers in the US senate and state senates, read the opening prayer Wednesday from ancient Hindu scriptures before the Utah senate in Salt Lake City. After first delivering the prayer in Sanskrit, he read its English translation.

Utah is the world headquarters of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, better known as Mormonism, founded in 1830. Mormons, known to be orthodox and conservative, account for over 60 percent of the state’s population of about 2.5 million.

Zed sprinkled holy water from the Ganges on the podium before starting the prayer. He recited from the Rig-Veda, besides lines from Upanishads and the Gita. He started and ended the prayer with “Om”, the Hindu mystical syllable.

Zed presented a copy of the Bhagavad Gita to senate president John L. Valentine who thanked him for the historic prayer. Senate majority leader Curtis S. Bramble said that the theme of the prayer was peace and he put forth a resolution to include the prayer in the Senate Journal, which was unanimously passed.

Fewer than a thousand Hindu families currently live in Utah.