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Dec 05 2016

AJC is welcomed by Pujya Swamiji and the US Ambassador to India

A delegation of eighteen AJC leaders arrived home to India on a Inter-religious Affairs Mission to India, from November 11-20. Their arrival was welcomed by HH Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji, under whose vision and guidance, their interfaith harmony programmes had been organised in India. Their programme was shaped and planned many months in advance under the able leadership of Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswati, Secretary-General Global Interfaith WASH Alliance, who met and welcomed them later in Varanasi for the incredible Dev Diwali celebrations. Their first stop upon their arrival to India was a...

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Nov 24 2016

East Meets West at Major Interfaith Gathering at Parmarth

The world came together today for a major, high-profile interfaith gathering in which faith leaders from the West came to learn from faith leaders from the East. Attending were dignitaries and audience members from over 20 nations. The esteemed leaders joined forces in focusing on how to globally expand values of respect between religions as well as an appreciation for the diversity and dignity of all people. In so doing, the event highlighted the values of respect between religions and appreciation for diversity and dignity of all people. In addition, the...

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Nov 23 2016

FICCI, FCC, GIWA come together for Swachh Bharat & Clean Ganga

Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji – Muniji spoke at the Foreign Correspondents Club of South Asia (FCC) in New Delhi recently at a special event organised by FCC and FICCI on the theme of #CleanGanga, #ClimateAction and #SwachhBharat. Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswatiji, Secretary-General GIWA and some of the GIWA’s faith leaders, Bhai Mohinder Singhji, Acharya Dr. Lokesh Muniiji, Bhai Sahib Satpal Singhji, Paramjit Singh Chandhokji, President FCC S. Venkat Narayanji, Senior Director FICCI Nirankar Saxenaji came together with Pujya Swamiji to share about GIWA’s recent interfaith events in Varanasi, Rishikesh and Bombay dedicated...

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Nov 23 2016

GIWA Interfaith Leaders Meet during the Global Citizen Festival

On occasion of the Global Citizen India Festival in Mumbai, the Global Interfaith WASH Alliance’s core leaders met internally, with the technical support of UNICEF India, to discuss how each of them would commit and contribute to concrete actions towards their collective mission to improve WASH and work towards #SDG6 within their congregations and communities. The meeting was opened and welcomed by GIWA India’s Founder Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji and moderated by Pujya Swamiji and GIWA’s Secretary General, Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswatiji. Interfaith leaders taking part in the discussions included: HE Drukpa...

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Nov 20 2016

GIWA pledges at the Global Citizen Festival

Leaders representing India’s six major faiths brought an audience of more than one lakh people to their feet as all joined hands and pledged to join forces at Mumbai’s Global Citizen Festival for a Swachhta Kranti (Clean Revolution): India’s burgeoning social movement to protect and save lives by ensuring everyone, everywhere has access to healthy, sustainable water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH). The historic Festival, which attracted a global audience of some 1 billion people, is renowned for its unique mission for drawing together youth who are motivated to take actions for...

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Nov 19 2016

Roundtable Leading Upto the Global Citizen Festival

The Global Interfaith WASH Alliance’s Roundtable on Water, Sanitation & Hygiene (WASH) for All, organised with the technical support of UNICEF India, took place on the lead up to the Global Citizen India Festival in Mumbai recently. It was a unique opportunity for GIWA’s Interfaith Leaders, led by HH Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji, GIWA’s Co-Founder, beautifully moderated by Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswatiji, GIWA’s Secretary General, with the support of UNICEF, joined by Media and Business Leaders who came together to talk & pledge for working towards fulfilling #SDG6. Respected Shiv Khemka of...

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Nov 18 2016

Interfaith Leaders Give Keys to Clean & Green India to Students

The Global Interfaith WASH Alliance, Ganga Action Parivar and Divine Shakti Foundation came together with interfaith leaders of the American Jewish Committee to hand over the newly built bio-toilets and recently launched school herbal garden to the students of the Kendriya Vidyalaya school. A symbolic key, prepared by the students, was handed over by the respected faith leaders to the children as a symbol that with this green technology and curriculum, focused on preservation and protection of our environment and natural resources, they too can have the keys to unlock a...

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Nov 16 2016

Historic Dev Diwali Celebrations in Varanasi

On the auspicious occasion of Dev Diwali and Kartik Purnima, an incredible and historic Sarva Dharma Swachhta Sankalp 2016 (Interfaith Cleaniness and Harmony Pledge) took place on the 14th November on the Assi Ghat. It was led by Global Interfaith WASH Alliance(GIWA) Founder HH Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji, GIWA’s Secretary General Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswatiji, blessed by GIWA’s Faith Leaders from India’s many faiths and the American Jewish Committee (AJC). Highlights from the historic event included performances by Sivamani, Runa Rizvi Sivamani and special visit of Kailash Kher for a confluence of...

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Nov 13 2016

Pujya Swamiji Leads Lakhs in Pledge at Ajmer Sharif Shrine

Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji – Muniji brought a crowd of lakhs to their feet in a beautiful display of interfaith harmony at the famous Ajmer Sharif Shrine- Dargah Shariff of Hazrat Khwaja Muinuddin Chisty during the 33rd General Session of the Jamiat Ulama I Hindi on November 13, 2016. The theme of the large plenary session was “Islam’s message of universal peace and India’s pluralism and diversity – the way to holistic development.” Some 2 lakh people from Muslim Communities across India and around the world gathered together to hear messages of...

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Nov 08 2016

Large-Scale Clean Up: Swachh, Sundar Swargashram

A beautiful and large scale clean up took place in Swargashram, Rishikesh where more than 300 participants from the Swaminarayan Sadhana Shivir, led by Pujya Madhavpriya Swamiji, taking place in Parmarth Niketan (Rishikesh) were inspired and encouraged by Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji to bring spirituality and sadhana (devotional practice) into action. They were encouraged to have the name of the lord, Jai Swaminarayan, on their lips and the work of the lord, serving selflessly for a Swachh Bharat (Clean India), in their hands. It was beautifully explained that just as spiritual...

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