Emerging Pledges and Partnerships
Everyday Pujya Swamiji inspires the people that he comes into contact with be they saints, celebrities, public officials or every day people who come to Parmarth Niketan to work for improving WASH, ensuring adequate sanitation, protecting the environment and serving for the welfare of all.
Pujya Swamiji also had follow-up meetings with saints of Swaminarayan Gurukul Parivar (SGVP) who spent a few days at their Himalayan home in Parmarth Niketan recently. They discussed how to educate about WASH and inspire behaviour change in more villages. They shared progress about the 108 villages in which work has already been started after the pledge that Pujya Swami Madhavpriyadasji took during the Worship to WASH Summit in November of 2014 and the launch of the Worship to WASH initiative in January in Ahmedabad, Gujarat. He also meet with Shri SM Mishraji, from Dainik Jagran, to discuss the creation of much needed toilet complexes at the Inter-college for nearly 2000 young girls in Rishikesh, Uttarakhand.
Pujya Swamiji blessed Bollywood actor, Shri Sanjay Mishra and Sadhvi Bhagawatiji met with famous Bollywood playback singer and Sufi artist, Ms. Richa Sharmaji on their visit to Parmarth Niketan (Rishikesh) to inspire and encourage them to use their influence to touch the hearts of their fans with the WASH message. They shared with
the celebrities that in India 1200 children under the age of five die every day simply of due to the lack of WASH.
They were encouraged to be an example and lead the way for thousands of their fans to work together to make India clean, green and free from open defecation and pollution.
Pujya Swamiji also welcomed Shri Radheshyam Gomlaji, Pradhan of the Gomla village in Haryana, to the banks of Mother Ganga and encouraged him to share his success story of how he made his village open-defecation free and lead them towards holistic development and progress. They jointly planned pilot interventions in a few of the nearby villages to create more Sanitation Change leaders and more inspiring examples for others to follow suit.
Pujya Swamiji also inspired the Intensive Yoga course students who finished their two week course at Parmarth to take the WASH pledge and work for Peace on and off the mat. The Yoga students joyfully took part in a sacred water blessing ceremony with Pujya Swamiji and were so inspired to hear about all the service projects being undertaken under Pujya Swamiji’s divine leadership.