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An Abode Dedicated to the Welfare of All

H.H. Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji is the President of Parmarth Niketan Ashram in Rishikesh, India, a true, spiritual haven, lying on the holy banks of Mother Ganga, in the lap of the lush Himalayas.  Parmarth Niketan is the largest ashram in Rishikesh.

The daily activities at Parmarth Niketan include morning universal prayers, daily yoga and meditation classes, daily satsang and lecture programs, kirtan, world renowned Ganga aarti at sunset, as well as full Nature Cure, and Ayurvedic treatment available on the premises.  Additionally, there are frequently special cultural and spiritual programs given by visiting revered saints, acclaimed musicians, spiritual and social leaders and others. Further, there are frequent camps in which pilgrims come from across the world to partake in intensive courses on yoga, meditation, pranayama, stress management, acupressure, Reiki and other ancient Indian sciences, including the annual world-famous International Yoga Festival.

Parmarth Niketan’s charitable activities and services make no distinctions on the basis of caste, color, gender, creed or nationality.

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A Global Family Dedicated to Mother Ganga

 GAP-LogoGanga Action Parivar (GAP) is a global family founded by Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji of professionals, engineers, scientists, activists, spiritual leaders, environmental specialists and dedicated sevaks (volunteers) dedicated to the preservation of the River Ganga and Her tributaries in their free-flowing and pristine, natural state and to the protection of over 500 million people who are dependent upon Ganga’s clean waters for their lives and livelihoods. Under Pujya Swamiji’s guidance and leadership, numerous organizations, scientists, environmentalists, activists, government officials and volunteers are coming together to bring this noble goal to fruition.

Activities of Ganga Action Parivar range from working with top government leaders and institutions to create and implement sustainable, environmentally-friendly solutions for the various, complex problems facing Ganga, to working at the grassroots levels. Various projects of GAP include building eco-friendly toilets, planting trees, implementing trash management systems, holding local clean-up programs to help educate all about the importance of the environment and the urgent need to live “green,” and much more.

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Dedicated to Women, Children & All of Mother Nature

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Divine Shakti Foundation (DSF) is working to holistically provide for the well-being of women, their children, and orphaned/ abandoned children. Through its numerous programs and projects, DSF supports and empowers women and children to be socially and financially self-sustainable, as well as raises awareness of the problems facing women andchildren through education and mass communication. DSF also runs programs to help preserve and protect Mother Earth and the animals who inhabit Her.

Specific programs to fulfill DSF’s mission include but are not limited to:

  • Schools
  • Vocational Training & Empowerment
  • Girls’ Orphanage
  • Tsunami Relief – Orphanage & Center for Destitute Women
  • Women’s Empowerment
  • Animal Seva
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Faiths Coming Together for WASH

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An estimated 5 billion people across the world are members of religious communities, underscoring the crucial role religious leaders can play in addressing seemingly intractable problems – such as access to safe water and sanitation.

The Global Interfaith WASH Alliance (GIWA) is the world’s first initiative that is engaging the planet’s many faiths as allies in efforts to create a world where every human being has access to safe drinking water, improved sanitation and proper hygiene.

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Providing Relief in Times of Disaster

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Project Hope, under the vision, dedication and leadership of Pujya Swamiji, is dedicated to providing both immediate and long-term, sustainable relief to people in disaster-struck areas.

Following the tragic tsunami of December 2004, traveling to South India in the wake of the tsunami and seeing first-hand the devastation wrought upon the land, Project Hope stayed to bring relief to those who had survived. Wide-scale immediate emergency relief was provided for thousands of homeless survivors, two entire villages were rebuilt, an orphanage, school, vocational training center were constructed and a home for widowed, impoverished and abandoned ladies was repaired and expanded.

In Uttarakhand, Project Hope is working to provide direct services to survivors of the June 2013 flooding tragedy, which killed tens of thousands and displaced thousands more, ensuring that those impacted by the disaster receive the provisions and services they desperately need in order to survive with dignity.

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Dedicated to the Cultural & Spiritual Heritage of India

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Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji is the founder and chairman of the India Heritage Research Foundation, a non-profit, charitable organization dedicated to humanitarian and cultural projects.  Founded in 1987, IHRF is committed to preserving the timeless wisdom and ageless grandeur of Indian culture. By weaving together ancient tradition, cultural history, a wide range of nondiscriminatory charitable services, and inspiring youth programs, IHRF has created a tapestry of true, universal beauty.

Programs and projects of IHRF include:

  • The first-even Encyclopedia of Hinduism
  • Gurukuls/Orphanages
  • Mansarovar Ashrams & Clinic
  • Rural Development Program
  • Project Give Back, providing free medical care to the needy
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A Festival for the Body, Mind, Heart & Soul

IYF-LogoThe annual International Yoga Festival is organized by Parmarth Niketan Ashram in Rishikesh, India.

Each year we present a truly International Yoga Festival grounded in the authentic origin of Yoga. Practise and learn from masters from the Traditional Yoga Lineages from India, as well as masters of International well known yoga schools & styles. During this one-week Festival, you will have the opportunity to participate in over 60 hours of Yoga classes from world-class Yoga teachers practicing multiple styles of Yoga including Kundalini Yoga, Power Vinyasa Yoga, Iyengar Yoga and Kriya Yoga.

The participants will also be blessed with the presence, satsang and divine words of revered saints and spiritual masters from within India.

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In the Service of God and Humanity

Journey-of-Peace-thumbLearn about the seva of Pujya Swamiji, with beautiful photographs of the myriad charitable, humanitarian and spiritual/cultural programs and projects He runs through Ganga Action Parivar, the Global Interfaith WASH Initiative, Divine Shakti Foundation, Project Hope, India Heritage Research Foundation, Parmarth and more. 

Read about Pujya Swamiji’s mission of peace as He interacts with numerous world leaders – spiritual leaders, social leaders, and political leaders – in His international travels or when they come home to seek Pujya Swamiji’s blessings on the banks of Mother Ganga each year.

Learn more about the impact of these projects and the people who are benefited from them, from children in free schools, to orphaned and abandoned children, to women in vocational schools, villages receiving proper sanitation, villagers in the sacred land of Mt. Kailash where He has built ashrams, and so much more.

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