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Visit the Ganga Action Parivar website H.H. Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji is the Founder and inspiration behind Ganga Action Parivar, a global family 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. The waters of Mother Ganga are always pavitra (pure) but me must pledge and work to keep them also swatcha (clean).

The holy, life-giving Ganga is one of the most at-risk rivers in the world. Every day, it is polluted by some three billion liters of sewage and chemical waste, threatening the health and lives of millions. Its ecology, containing some of the world’s rarest plants and wildlife, is under similar threat.

On April 4th, 2010 by the hands of H.H. the Dalai Lama, H.H. Swami Chidanand Saraswati, former Deputy Prime Minister Hon’ble Shri L.K. Advani, former Chief Minister of Uttarakhand Shri Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank, former Chief Minister of Uttarakhand Major General B.C. Khanduri and many revered saints and dignitaries, Ganga Action Parivar was officially launched at Parmarth Niketan Ashram in Rishikesh at a special “Sparsh Ganga” (“Divine Touch of Ganga”) function, an event to raise awareness about the need for collective and holistic, solution-based action to address the crucial issues facing the holy river. Since then, hundreds of supporters and family members have been mobilized, coming together to find solutions to the problems facing Ganga and Her tributaries.

The mobilization of this GAP family was critical to filling and bridging the gaps left by previous Ganga Action Plans, after which Ganga’s dire situation has continued to deteriorate. With Ganga irrigating the fields which feed more than one-third of India’s population, with Ganga being the sole source of water for bathing, cooking and drinking for millions of people, and with Ganga symbolizing the national heritage and identity of India, the situation has become truly critical.

We must learn to give, give and give like the Sun and like Mother Ganga – with no hesitation, no expectation, no vacation and no discrimination.

Despite these challenges, Ganga Action Parivar knows that the power and spirit of love, unity and cooperation are the only ways to bring about true, sustainable change. GAP members have pledged to have Mother Ganga as the head of their family and are dedicated to bridging differences to work as one family, embracing all and including all.


Ganga Action Parivar’s myriad programs and projects include:

6T's Program:  Toilets, Trash, Trees, Taps, Tracks & Tigers
National Ganga River Act
'My Tree'
Biosand Water Filter
Green Pilgrimages
Yamuna Action Parivar
Solar India Plan
Green Initiative Kumbh
Global Interfaith WASH Alliance
World Heritage Site
Conferences & Workshops
Awareness & Outreach
Ganga Aarti
GAP Publications



How You Can Help

Learn moreJoin the movement to restore, protect and maintain our river Ganga and her tributaries to their aviral (free-flowing) and nirmal (unpolluted) states. Be a part of the family and engage in meaningful dialogue, positive action and implement working solutions to the issues facing Mother Ganga.

Share your ideas, volunteer, sign the petition for Ganga’s Rights, act locally, live green and so much more.