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Mar 21 2015

Temples to Toilets Message: 1st Day of Navratri

Pujya Swamiji and Sadhvi Bhagawatiji celebrated the first day of the sacred Chaitra Navratri at the gorgeous Chandrabadni Dham, a sacred pilgrimage place, one of the three Shaktipeeth’s in the Himalayan state, located just 37 kms from Devprayag, near the holy sangam (confluence) of Bhagirathi and Alakananda to form the River Ganga. They were invited and warmly welcomed by Hon’ble Shri Mantri Prasad Naithaniji, Minister of Education and Drinking Water, Government of Uttarakhand, as the Chief Guests for the official inauguration of the nine day festival held every year in honour...

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Mar 17 2015

GIWA and World Toilet Organization Come Together

Pujya Swamiji inspired the beautiful union of GIWA with World Toilet Organization (WTO). Mr. Jack Sim, the dynamic and dedicated Founder of WTO, visited Parmarth Niketan recently and the two organizations signed an MoU and will be coming together to serve for bringing improved Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) for all. Previously, Mr. Jack Sim met with Pujya Swamiji at the World Toilet Summit earlier this year and they had an immediate connect with their collective passion to improve sanitation for people all across India and around the world. Now, GIWA and...

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Mar 01 2015

Inauguration of the 16th Annual International Yoga Festival 2015

Today, the 16th annual world famous International Yoga Festival at Parmarth Niketan ashram began. Since 1999, Parmarth Niketan has been hosting this world renowned event which has grown to international acclaim and which grows in size year after year. Yogacharyas, teachers, students and seekers come from every corner of the globe to participate in this program. This year there are approximately 1000 participants from more than 55 countries. There are classes from 4:00 am until 9:30 pm with more than 60 revered saints, yogacharyas, presenters and experts from nearly 20...

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Feb 17 2015

Maha Shivratri Celebrations at Parmarth Niketan

Pujya Swamiji blessed and led a very special Maha Shivratri celebration at Parmarth Niketan in which people from over 15 countries, including America, England, Denmark, Canada, Brazil, Indonesia, New Zealand, Russia and so many others, joined together with people from all over the India- in the spirit of Vashudhaiva Kutumbakam– as one family. The special month long Kundalini Yoga group being held at Parmarth Niketan, headed and inspired by Gurmukh Kaur Khalsaji and Gurshabd Singh Khalsaji, also joined in the divine ceremonies. The celebrations included divine Ganga Aarti, sacred Rudra Abhishek,...

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Feb 15 2015

Inauguration of the 4th Annual River Festival in Madhya Pradesh

Pujya Swamiji inaugurated the 4th Annual River Festival (Nadi Mahostav), from 13-15th February, 2015, with Hon’ble Shri Shivraj Chouhanji, Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh, at Bandrabhan (near Bhopal), Madhya Pradesh (MP). The event was organized by Narmada Samagra and some of the eminent speakers included Justice Shri Devdutt Madhav Dharmadhikari, Former Judge, Supreme Court, Shri Sitasharan Sharma, Speaker, Legislative Assembly, M.P., Shri Amritlal Vegad, President, Narmada Samagra and many others. The theme of festival was “River, its Catchment Area, Chemicals & Crisis,” assessing and discussing the challenges that the sacred rivers...

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Feb 09 2015

15th Annual Delhi Sustainable Development Summit

For the first time in the previous fourteen years, the 15th Annual Delhi Sustainable Development Summit (DSDS) brought together respected interfaith leaders to speak about the role of faith in catalysing a change in behaviour, perspective and priority towards global challenges of sustainable development and climate change. The valedictory session of this high-level summit was graced and inspired by Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswati, chaired by Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswati and made possible by the commitment and leadership of Nobel Laureate Dr. Rajendra K. Pachauri, Director General TERI – The Energy and Resources...

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Feb 02 2015

Livliehood Centre for Disaster- Impacted Women Constructed

In the wake of the 2013 Uttarkahand floods, countless women who had no vocational skills were tragically widowed and plunged into deeper threats of poverty. At their request, under the guidance of Pujya Swamiji and Sadhvi Bhagawatiji, the The Divine Shakti Foundation (DSF) joined forces with Mandakini Women Weavers of Garhwal, the Government of Uttarakhand, and Panchachuli Women Weavers of Kumaon to help some 300 disaster-impacted families to get on their feet. As a result, recently, DSF’s Triyuginarayan Livliehood Centre was constructed 25 kilometres from the sacred shrine of Kedarnath. The Centre...

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Jan 30 2015

Rishikesh Animal Rescue Project

The first Rishikesh Animal Rescue Project is now underway, bringing together trained and talented Veterinarians from Russia, coordinated by Animal Liberty organization based in Siberia, with volunteers from the community, hosted and supported by the Divine Shakti Foundation (DSF), founded by Pujya Swamiji. The goal of the project is to bring “ABC” (Animal Birth Control) or “family planning” options – spaying and neutering – to the dogs in the Rishikesh area, a service which until now has been wholly unavailable for the dogs here. In addition to providing “family planning” procedures...

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Jan 25 2015

Conclave of Bishops Discuss WASH and Climate Change in Kerala

During the International Conference on Climate Change and the Developing World at the CMS College in Kerala, sponsored by UGC and organized in association with the Church of South India Synod and Nilackal Ecological Commission, Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswati and Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswati led the renowned archbishops and bishops in a pledge to take care of our water bodies, to keep them clean and protect them, and also to work for sanitation and hygiene. Pujya Swamiji emphasized that we have built enough churches and enough temples for now, and that now...

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Jan 19 2015

World Toilet Summit

At the World Toilet Summit in Delhi — attended by several senior cabinet ministers and representatives of dozens of multinationals, NGOs and international gov’t organizations dedicated to bringing about a sanitation revolution, Pujya Swamiji pledged to build a toilet complex at Ajmer Dargah Sharif with Shri Dewan Sahib, a huge move in not only sanitation but in interfaith joining of hands for the betterment of society. Pujya Swamiji said, “Meditation and sanitation should go hand in hand.” Sadhvi Bhagawatiji spoke about the role of religion and faith in the sanitation solution and...

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