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Mar 14 2014

Holi Celebrations: Local Culture Connects to Global Community

The divine colours and festivities of Holi filled the air at Parmarth Niketan, Rishikesh (Himalayas). For the special occasion, the Kumaon Cultural Club of Uttarakhand came to Parmarth to celebrate Holi with all of the visitors, yatris and yoga students at Parmarth Niketan, who have come from so many countries from across the world. They filled the air with traditional singing and dancing in which the Indians and the foreigners reveled and played. With the blessings of H.H. Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji, President of Parmarth Niketan, Founder of Ganga Action Parivar...

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Feb 28 2014

IYF Opens with Shivratri Puja and Prayers

Today the participants for the 15th annual world famous International Yoga Festival at Parmarth Niketan ashram arrived in time to participate in a special Mahashivratri program. 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 more than 550 participants from 46 countries. This evening, the participants joined together a special Shiv Abhishek puja just...

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Feb 25 2014

Visiting the Disaster Zone: Pujya Swamiji and Vivek Oberoi Travel to the Heart of Uttarakhand’s Flood Zone

Pujya Swamiji and renowned Bollywood actor Shri Vivek Oberoi visited areas of Guptakashi, Uttarakhand, which are still recovering from the devastating floods of last summer. While there, they distributed warm blankets and clothes for the families whose homes and lives had been destroyed by the floods. They also met with widows and other locals, to listen to their needs and to understand the challenges and obstacles they face as they rebuild their lives. Afterwards, they surveyed and planned for how best to serve the affected villages so that they can inspire...

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Feb 07 2014

Pujya Swamiji awarded Surya Ratna Lifetime Achievement Award

Pujya Swamiji was the recipient of the prestigious ‘Surya Ratna’ lifetime achievement award conferred upon Him by His Excellency Dr. Aziz Qureshi, Governor of Uttarakhand, Padma Vibhushan Dr. R. A. Mashelkar, CSIR Bhatnagar Fellow & President, Global Research Alliance and Prof. Dr. Sanjay B. Chordiya, Founder and President of Suryadatta Group of Institutes, at Suryadatta’s Campus in Pune, Maharastra. This great honour was given to Pujya Swamiji for Excellence in Innovative Spirituality and for His exceptional service to Humanity and the Environment. This award was conferred on the auspicious occasion of...

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Feb 05 2014

Pujya Swamiji Receives Ambassador of Peace Award

Pujya Swamiji received the prestigious Ambassador of Peace Award yesterday at a function organized by the United Nations Center for India and Bhutan and the Universal Peace Federation. The award was presented by Dr. Chung Sik Yong, UPF Chairman of Asia, and the Director of the United Nations Centre, Mrs. Kiran Mehra-Kerpelman. The Award was presented to Pujya Swamiji in honor of His contributions to interfaith harmony, at this special time of the United Nation’s World Interfaith Harmony Week, which is celebrated annually during the first week of February. Pujya...

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Jan 27 2014

Foundation Stone Laying of Bio-Toilet Marked with a Green Pledge

Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji, President of Parmarth Niketan and Founder of Ganga Action Parivar (GAP) and Global Interfaith WASH Alliance-India, inspired Vivek Oberoi, famous Bollywood actor and humanitarian, to lay the first foundation stones for the bio-toilet complex in LMS Degree College (Rishikesh). The bio-toilet is part of GAP’s 6T’s (Toilets, Trees, Taps, Trash, Tracks and Tigers) Programme that has been conceived and has thrived under Pujya Swamiji’s vision and leadership. With this spirit, after the foundation stone ceremony Pujya Swamiji and Vivek Oberoi took part in a tree plantation...

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Jan 25 2014

MoU Ceremony for Biosand Water Filter

On the third day of a Biosand Water Filter training workshop hosted at Parmarth, the 25th of January, a formal MoU ceremony was signed between the organizations SAPWII, FWFW, the Global Interfaith WASH Alliance (GIWA) and GAP to train and distribute Biosand Water Filters in the flood-recovering Himalayan state. On the occasion Hon’ble State Minister of Education and Water, Shri Mantri Prasad Naithaniji shared, ‘It is truly a testament to the dedication of Project Hope and Pujya Swamiji who has been able to connect so many people from not only all...

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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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