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Oct 15 2012

Honorable Governor, Ministers Inaugurate GAP Biodigester Toilet Project

On the 15th October, esteemed government leaders, scientists and sevaks gathered together to officially inaugurate the new eco-friendly, bio-digester toilets built at Parmarth Niketan Ashram, Rishikesh through the cooperation and hard work of DRDO, FICCI, and Ganga Action Parivar, of which Pujya Swamiji is the Founder and inspiration.  These toilets, which provide an environmentally-friendly and sustainable solution to the major sewage crisis India is facing, are the beginning of a partnership between these three entities which will help to bring eco-friendly toilets throughout the Ganga River Basin.  In the first...

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Jul 29 2012

Pittsburgh Hindu Jain Temple – Swamiji 60th Birthday Celebration

On July 29th, there was a beautiful celebration at the Hindu Jain Temple in Pittsburgh in which Pujya Swamiji, who was the inspirer, guide and founder in the early 1980s of the temple, celebrated His 60th birthday year! The morning began with a few of the temple children leading Him on a shobha yatra up the steps of the temple and then a divine havan led by the temple priests. Many of the former temple presidents and chairmen, including three past presidents of AAPI (the Association of American Physicians from India), and...

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Jun 05 2012

Yatra to Gangotri and Uttarkashi

From 2nd to 5th June, Pujya Swamiji, sevaks from Parmarth, and other devotees went on yatra to Gangotri, the sacred source of Mother Ganga, in honor of Pujya Swamiji’s 60th birthday on June 3rd.  On the way up to Gangotri, the group stopped in a beautiful place along the banks of Bhagirathi in Uttarkashi. Of course, Pujya Swamiji is like Gangaji, in that He keeps flowing in order to serve all, never thinking of Himself first but always of others.  Thus, the trip to Uttarkashi and Gangotri was not just a...

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Apr 12 2012

Guru Sangamam Annual Meeting

On April 12th, approximately 100 leading saints from all of India’s indigenous religions and spiritual traditions – such as Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Sikhism – gathered together in Delhi for their annual meeting. [caption id="attachment_26872" align="alignright" width="300"] The Board of Guru Sangamam releasing the new Ganga Action Parivar brochure[/caption] The objective of the meeting was to discuss and find a way that all the indigenous spiritual traditions of India can come together on a common platform to promote unity, harmony and true spirituality both in India and abroad, making India the spiritual...

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Mar 08 2012

International Yoga Festival 2012

The annual International Yoga Festival at Parmarth Niketan Ashram in Rishikesh began on March 1, 2012 and ran for one week, until the 7th March.  The Uttarakhand Tourism Department and Parmarth Niketan Ashram jointly organized the festival. The International Yoga Festival increased in size and scope this year, drawing nearly 500 participants from more than 30 countries across the world. The event featured world-renowned teachers such as Padmashri Bharat Bhushan, Gurmukh Kaur Khalsa, Manouso Manos, Sri V. Vasudevan, Andrew Cohen and many more. In fact, this year there were more than 30...

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Sep 27 2011

Tony Blair Faith Foundation Meeting

On the 27th September Tony Blair, the former Prime Minister of UK, met with some of India’s top spiritual leaders of the different religions. In India on a short visit to implement activities of the Tony Blair Faith Foundation, he spent several hours hearing the advice and wisdom of India’s spiritual leaders. Pujya Swamijihad recently traveled through London on his way back from USA and had been requested to speak to the international youth fellows who had been selected to undergo a month training in London and then work for...

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May 24 2011

Recognition of Pujya Swamiji in British Parliament

Member of Parliament Bob Blackman made an Early Day Motion in the British Parliament lauding Pujya Swamiji.  The EDM was read aloud in Parliament, stating: “That this House warmly congratulates H.H. Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji on the occasion of his birthday; recognises that his life and work have been an inspiration and an example to millions throughout the world and the work of the India Heritage Research Foundation with the compilation and publication of the world’s first comprehensive Encyclopedia of Hinduism; and welcomes the event in Stanmore Temple in London on...

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Mar 08 2011

International Yoga Festival 2011

The annual International Yoga Festival at Parmarth Niketan Ashram in Rishikesh celebrated its valedictory session on March 6, 2011, by the hands of the Hon’ble Chief Minister of Uttarakhand, Shri Ramesh Pokhariyal (Nishank).  The Festival runs from March 1-7 every year and is jointly organized by Uttarakhand Tourism Department and Parmarth Niketan Ashram. This year there were approximately 400 participants from 36 countries across the world, including Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Japan, Pakistan, Singapore, Spain, Switzerland, Thailand, the United Kingdom and the United States.  The event features world-renowned teachers such as Shiva...

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Jan 06 2011

Formation of the Guru Sangamam in New Delhi

On January 6th, Pujya Swamiji attended the inaugural function of the Guru Sangamam, a newly-formed organization which will promote harmony and cooperation between the indigenous religions of India – Hinduism, Jainism, Sikhism and Buddhism. Some of the most highly-esteemed religious leaders from all over India have come together to serve in this wonderful, new organization, which is commited to usher in a new era of peace and understanding throughout India. The following members were unanimously elected to be the office bearers: Chairperson:  Jagadguru Sri Shivarathi Deshikendraikendra Mahaswamiji – Sri Jagadguru Veerasimhasana Suttur...

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Sep 28 2010

Bangalore AIDS and HIV Conference

On 27-28th September, Pujya Swamiji was one of the main spiritual leaders at a conference at the Art of Living ashram in Bangalore regarding HIV and AIDS in India, where He gave a keynote address. It was a wonderful gathering of leaders of all the different religions as well as leaders from UNAIDS – India, UNESCO – India and INERELA+. Pujya Swamiji also led a breakout session helping religious leaders from various parts of Punjab and Uttarakhand understand the nature of HIV and AIDS, how it’s transmitted and how all spiritual...

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