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Jan 14 2014

PEOPLE’S SAARC: Inter-Faith Meet for Peace, Harmony and Solidarity in South Asia

The “PEOPLE’S SAARC: Inter-Faith Meet for Peace, Harmony and Solidarity in South Asia”, was held in Mumbai last week. It was jointly organised by the Observer Research Foundation Mumbai and Minhaj-ul-Quran International (India). About 10 leaders of different religions were called to guide the foundation of the People’s SAARC. Joining via live video link from Toronto, Shaykh-ul-Islam Dr. Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri gave a beautiful speech in which he called upon both Pakistanis and Indians to inaugurate a new chapter of mutual goodwill, friendship and cooperation in their relationship. All the outstanding problems...

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Nov 19 2013

KAICIID Global Forum – Vienna, Austria

In November, Pujya Swamiji, President of Parmarth Niketan Ashram, Rishikesh, Founder of Ganga Action Parivar and Co-Founder of the Global Interfaith WASH Alliance, played an important role in the Global Forum of KAICIID (King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz International Centre for Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue) in Vienna, Austria. The Centre was officially inaugurated in November 2012 in Vienna and the 18th – 19th November, 2013 saw its first Global Forum of more than 600 religious leaders, policy makers, and social leaders from all the world’s major religions. A project of King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz...

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Nov 06 2013

Prince Charles and Duchess Camilla come to Parmarth

Their Royal Highnesses, Charles, Prince of Wales and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, honored Parmarth Niketan Ashram, Rishikesh with an official visit just days before HRH Prince Charles’ 65th birthday.  It was the first destination of their nine-day visit to India. Arriving just before sunset, Their Royal Highnesses took part in the sacred evening Aarti Ceremony (ritual of lights), which is an internationally-renowned highlight of Parmarth Niketan’s daily activities. Prior to the Aarti, they observed the final offering of a Yagna (fire ceremony) for World Peace and Environmental Preservation, led by the...

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Sep 25 2013

Launch of Global Interfaith WASH Alliance

Global Interfaith WASH Alliance to Promote Safe Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Launched at the United Nations in Partnership with UNICEF. On September 25th, 2013, a special alliance was launched at the UNICEF headquarters at the United Nations. Religious heads from around the world, joined by the Executive Director of UNICEF and representatives of many organizations officially launched the Global Interfaith WASH Alliance (GIWA), an alliance of leaders of faith working together to bring clean water, sanitation and hygiene to people of the world. The aim of GIWA is to harness the great...

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Sep 15 2013

Working for Peace in Muzzaffarnagar

In the wake of the communal violence which gripped Muzaffarnagar in August and September, on the 15th September leaders of the Hindu, Muslim and Jain faith traveled there to bring a message of peace and love to the people. Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji, President of Parmarth Niketan Ashram, Rishikesh and Founder of Ganga Action Parivar, Imam Umer Ahmed Ilyasi, President of the All India Imams Association, and Acharya Lokesh Muni, head of the Ahimsa Vishwa Bharti in Delhi, traveled together to Muzaffarnagar to urge the people to see one another, not...

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Aug 26 2013

Launch of Encyclopedia of Hinduism – International Edition

The Encyclopedia of Hinduism A project of India Heritage Research Foundation Release of International Edition Sunday evening the 25th August and Monday morning the 26th August marked a historic moment in the spiritual and cultural history of India: the official launch of the international edition of the Encyclopedia of Hinduism. The launch ceremony was organized and hosted by the University of South Carolina, Columbia, USA. A project of India Heritage Research Foundation, founded, guided, inspired and led by one of India’s most revered spiritual leaders, Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji, the Encyclopedia of Hinduism...

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Aug 11 2013

Mayor of Louisville, KY Presents Pujya Swamiji with Key to City

During a special function in Louisville, Kentucky, USA the Mayor of Louisville presented Pujya Swamiji with the “Key” to the City of Louisville. In his speech, the mayor Mr. Greg Fischer said that the people of Louisville feel so blessed that Pujya Swamiji visits them and graces their city with His presence. So they presented Pujya Swamiji with the official “Key” of the City so that it could be Pujya Swamiji’s second home. The Mayor told Pujya Swamiji: “We want you to know how important you are to the City...

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Jun 03 2013

Pujya Swamiji’s 61st Birthday: Green Birthday Celebration

For Pujya Swamiji’s 61st birthday, He forbid any kind of big celebration, and said that all He wanted was to clean the banks of Ganga. As the rains are coming, Pujya Swamiji has been particularly concerned about making sure the trash all gets removed from the roads, streets and alleyways so that the rains do not wash it all into the sacred river. So, the morning was spent picking up trash all along the banks of Ganga. In the evening, as Pujya Swamiji’s divinity and purity are a magnet for...

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May 09 2013

Pujya Swamiji is Honored with Noble Person’s Award in Lucknow

Pujya Swamiji was given the Noble Person’s prestigious award in Lucknow by Noble Parivar, a national family that brings together divine souls that are excelling in their respective fields and are giving back to society. Pujya Swamiji was honored by Dr. Arun Bhatt, Director PGI Noida, Shri Bhimjibhai Patel, Chairman of Standing Committee Surat Municipal Corporation (Gujarat) and Shri Chanyaka, Chief Editor Nobel India in excellence in the service of the environment and humanity. Pujya Swamiji was requested to honor and award a few other distinguished individuals in the fields of...

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Apr 26 2013

Pujya Swamiji & Saints Meet with Shri Narendra Modiji

Last Friday, Pujya Swamiji graced the inauguration of a new Gurukulum at Patanjali Yog Peeth in Haridwar, which was also graced by numerous saints and the Chief Minister of Gujarat Shri Narendra Modiji. Pujya Swamiji applauded the great leadership efforts of Shri Modiji and encouraged that the talks at this event be focused around the welfare of the nation of India in all its diversity and cultures, not any particular caste or creed. Shri Modiji performed havan with a number of the saints, including Pujya Swamiji, Pujya Morari Bapuji, Pujya...

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