Oye! News from South Asians Abroad
Category: South Asians Abroad Published on Friday, 18 May 2012 13:02 Written by Tapa Menon
Hindus have applauded City of Bristol in United Kingdom (UK) for considering River Avon as possible site for dispersing cremated remains of Hindus.
Bristol’s Lord Mayor Peter Main was quoted as saying that providing a consecrated site was one of his first priorities and reports suggested that Bristol City Council and Environment Agency were trying to identify a suitable site.
Distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, commended City of Bristol for having a feel for the religious sentiments of area Hindu community and respecting their traditions.
Bristol, most populous city in South West England and built around River Avon, received Royal Charter in 1155. There are said to be 34 other populated places in the world named Bristol. About 60% of city's population is Christian, while about 25% are reportedly non-religious and there is a Bristol Hindu Temple. Prominent people associated with Bristol include actors Cary Grant, Kevin McNally, Michael Redgrave and Robert Stephens; comedian Lee Evans; graffiti artist Banksy; and Fry family. Geoffrey Gollop is Bristol’s Deputy Lord Mayor. River Avon in the south west of England had been navigable from Bristol to Bath in early 13th century.
There are reportedly about 10,000 Hindus in the area. Hinduism, oldest and third largest religion of the world, has about one billion adherents and moksh (liberation) is its ultimate goal.