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Jan 13 2016

GIWA’s Faith Leaders Inspire Pledge during the Ganga Sagar Mela

In a historic first, India’s prominent religious leaders from diverse faiths, assembled at this year’s Ganga Sagar Mela, today, to pledge their support for Mission Nirmal Bangla to inspire masses for the use of toilets and follow correct sanitation practices. Ganga Sagar Mela is the largest religious congregation celebrated every year in India at Sagar island of South 24 Parganas in West Bengal on the occasion of Makar Sankranti. A dip in the confluence of Muriganga and the Bay of Bengal is considered to be of great religious significance particularly on...

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Jan 12 2016

Ardha Kumbha Mela Formally Inaugurated

A beautiful Ardha Kumbha Mela inaugural ceremony brought together revered saints, eminent Mahants, Mahamandaleshwars and the heads of nearly every major traditional ashram and lineage in Rishikesh and Haridwar at Har Ki Pauri with the Hon’ble Chief Minister of Uttarakhand on the 12th January. During the course of the ceremony, Pujya Swamiji led the saints in a pledge to support the state government in making the mela a clean, green and serene one. He shared plans for a unique Yog Mahakumbha event in March that would bring together internationally renowned Yogacharyas,...

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Dec 29 2015

Conclusion of the Indo China Yoga Festival

The conclusion of the first ever Indo-China International Yoga Festival in India, took place on the holy banks of Mother Ganga in Parmarth Niketan (Rishikesh), with Yogis from 31 nations. During the festival, Dr. AM Moorthy and Dr. R Elangovan from Tamil Nadu Physical Education Sports University proudly presented Pujya Swamiji with a lifetime achievement award for His contributions in the field of Yoga and selfless service. There was also a launch of Radhika Khanna’s book on Yoga, entitled ‘Yoga: The Ganges to Wall Street.” During the writing of the book earlier...

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Dec 18 2015

Month Long Rishikesh Animal Rescue Project Organized at Parmarth

Service of All Living Beings not just Human Beings is the Service of God and Humanity: Says Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji, President of Parmarth Niketan (Rishikesh) The Rishikesh Animal Rescue Project is being carried out at ParmarthNiketan (Rishikesh), from 8 December-30 January, bringing together trained veterinarians from Russia, hosted and supported by the Divine Shakti Foundation (DSF) and coordinated by Animal Liberty organization based in Siberia, with involvement of volunteers from Parmarth and the local community. Dr Oleg Levechenko and his assistant Kate Polyokovo, led by Ms. Sofie Oshochenko, have served more...

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Dec 17 2015

Model Green Village of Veerpur Gets Started

Global Interfaith WASH Alliance and Ganga Action Parivar, under the leadership and inspiration of Pujya Swamiji, are working to transform the village of Veerpur into a model defecation-free village, and a clean and green example to India and to the world. By involving and inspiring all members of the community, including youth and local leaders from all castes and creeds to work together in a massive clean up and tree plantation, the villagers are enthusiastically supporting these efforts. They are working to construct toilets in households that lack them, end defecation...

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Dec 15 2015

Enhancing Service Delivery to the Underserved

A “Social Enterprise Innovations Seminar – Enhancing Service Delivery to the Underserved” was hosted by the Federation of India Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI), under the auspices of National Institute for Transforming India Aayog (NITI Aayog), with the World Bank Group as knowledge partner. Participants and speakers included Ms. Isabel Guerrero, Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy for the Harvard Kennedy School and former Vice President of the World Bank Southeast Asia; Dr. A Didar Singh, Secretary General FICCI; Shri Nirankar Saxena, Senior Director of FICCI; and Mr. Michael Haney,...

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Dec 03 2015

Signing of the Joint Declaration Against Modern Slavery

Nine Indian interfaith and spiritual leaders signed a joint declaration to end modern slavery within a generation at the Global Freedom Network gathering in the heart of Delhi today. This landmark declaration was signed by religious and spiritual leaders from the Hindu, Muslim, Christian, Jewish, Jain, and Bahai faiths: Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, Hindu Faith Leader Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji, Hindu Faith Leader Dr.Mufti M. Mukarram Ahmed, Muslim Faith Leader Imam Ilyasi, Muslim Faith Leader Jathedar Avtar Singh, Sikh Faith Leader Mr Alwan Mashi, Christian Faith Leader Rabbi Ezekiel Isaac...

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Nov 26 2015

Morning in Varanasi: Subh-e-Varanasi

Today, just after the grand Dev Diwali celebrations, Pujya Swamiji was cordially invited to bless the special ‘Subh-e-Varanasi’ (Morning in Varanasi) programme, which begins every day at 5:30am, just before sunrise. The programme included a special Aarti, Havan, Sangeet and Yoga on the beautiful and historic Assi Ghat. Pujya Swamiji led the sacred havan ceremony and blessed the Puja and Aarti ceremony. As He returned back from offering prayers to Mother Ganga, He silently inspired everyone to clean up the pieces of trash and plastic which littered the ghat and the banks...

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Nov 25 2015

United States Ambassador Lays First Bricks for Girls’ Bio-Toilets

Says HH Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji, “Students Will Become Sanitation Ambassadors” East met West recently as United States Ambassador to India, Shri Richard Verma, laid the first bricks for a new girls’ bio-toilet structure, being built by Global Interfaith WASH Alliance and Divine Shakti Foundation, Parmarth Niketan, Rishikesh. The Honourable Ambassador, his wife, Ms. Pinky Verma, and children joined HH Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswati, the Co-Chair/Co-Founder of the Global Interfaith WASH Alliance (GIWA) and President of Parmarth Niketan and Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswatiji, Secretary General GIWA and President of the Divine Shakti...

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Nov 25 2015

Grande Dev Diwali Celebrations in Varanasi

On the auspicious occasion of Kartik Purnima, when the people of Varanasi celebrate their annual Dev Diwali, Pujya Swamiji led an inspired Ganga Aarti on the famous Assi Ghat of Varanasi. The grand event was organized by the Indian Council of Religious Leaders, was led by businessmen and film-producer, Dr. BK Modi, in association with the Ganga Action Parivar, Parmarth Niketan (Rishikesh), of which Pujya Swamiji is the Founder and President. Pujya Swamiji said as the world-famous Ganga Aarti started on Dashashwamedh Ghat in 2000, blessed and inspired by HH the...

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