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May 05 2015

Buddha Purnima: Rebuilding Buddha Temple in Earthquake Hit Nepal

Today on the auspicious occasion of Buddha Purnima, Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji, President of Parmarth Niketan (Rishikesh), Inspiration behind Project Hope, Founder of Ganga Action Parivar and Co-founder/Chairman of Global Interfaith WASH Alliance, inspired an earthquake affected village of Lamas, nestled in the mountains of Nepal, to come together and rebuild their ancient and beautiful Buddha Temple. Like many of the houses in the Saanga Village, their sacred shrine remains shattered with the ancient and beautiful idol of Lord Buddha, other deities, ancient scriptures and texts lying tattered and scattered amongst the rubble. Pujya...

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Apr 30 2015

External Affairs Minister to Inaugurate DSF’s Livelihoods Centre

Hon’ble External Affairs Minister, Smt Sushma Swarajji, was warmly invited by Pujya Swamiji to inaugurate DSF’s newly completed Tryuginarayan Women’s Liveihood Centre. Pujya Swamiji shared that she, as the very embodiment of Sacred and Powerful Shakti (Divine Feminine), would be the most ideal and most inspiring women to open this centre, symbolically opening the doors of hope and healing in the hearts and the lives of countless Himalayan women. DSF has joined together with Mandakini Women Weavers of Garhwal in partnership with the Government of Uttarakhand, and Panchachuli Women Weavers of...

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Apr 29 2015

Project Hope Swings Into Action for Nepal

After hearing about the tragic earthquakes that have devastated Nepal, Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswati has inspired and led Global Interfaith WASH Alliance, Divine Shakti Foundation and Ganga Action Parivar, Parmarth Niketan, Rishikesh – along with many other dedicated partners – to work together as one team, under the Project Hope umbrella, with one theme: to serve our brothers and sisters in Nepal during this tragic time. Project Hope, Parmarth Niketan, Rishikesh just dispatched a huge truck-load of essential supplies to Nepal this morning and is in constant contact with our team of over 50 volunteers in Nepal, where they...

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Apr 16 2015

Ending Extreme Poverty: A Moral and Spiritual Imperative

Today Pujya Swamiji served as the Hindu representative at the World Bank’s flagship event at the opening of their annual Spring Meeting on the role of faith leaders in eradicating poverty with Jim Yong Kim, President of the World Bank. Other leaders on the panel included: Mohamed Ashmawey, CEO Islamic Relief Worldwide Ruth Messinger, President, American Jewish World Service Carolyn Woo, President and CEO Catholic Relief Services Vinya S. Ariyaratne, General Secretary, Sarvodaya Shramadana Movement The panel was moderated by Jerome Socolovsky, Religion Correspondent for Voice of America. Pujya Swamiji spoke about how Hindu Dharma teaches us...

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Apr 12 2015

Pujya Swamiji Meets with President of South Africa, Mr. Jacob Zuma

GIWA Co-Founder, Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswati and Secretary General, Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswati met South Africa’s President, His Excellency, Mr. Jacob Zuma, at a private meeting yesterday, at the Johannesburg home of Shri Ajay Guptaji. During the meeting, they discussed the mission of GIWA and the importance of WASH for everyone, everywhere. The meeting ended on a warm note, with the President’s pledge to arrange for meetings with his Cabinet ministers upon their return to South Africa. ...

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Apr 09 2015

Global FICCI Sankalp Summit

The Global FICCI-Sankalp Summit and Innovation Expo brought together over 1,000 innovators, social entrepreneurs, investors, development finance institutions, service providers and donors from India, Africa, Europe and the US to discuss and debate issues, trends and solutions that aid business-led development. Esteemed speakers at the summit included: Shri Nitin Gadkari, Hon. Minister of Road Transport, Highways and Shipping, Government of India Dr. Harsh Vardhan, Hon. Minister of Science & Technology, Government of India Shri Manoj Sinha, Hon. Minister of State for Railways, Government of India Shri Rajiv Pratap Rudy, Hon. Minister of State,...

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Apr 09 2015

Pujya Swamiji Meets with Union Minister for Human Resource Development, Smt. Smriti Irani

Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji and Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswati met with Union Minister of Human Resource Development, Smt. Smriti Iraniji in Delhi.  Together they discussed a number of projects, including the inauguration of the Brightland International School in Chandrapuri, Rudraprayag, a school that had been washed away completely in the floods and rebuilt by Divine Shakti Foundation and Ganga Action Parivar, with the generous sponsorship of Mahavir Seva Sansthan, Kolkata, as well as with the on-ground partnership with SEEDS, in a new location for 200 schoolchildren, as well as 11 other school projects...

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Apr 07 2015

Swachh Ganga, Swachh Rail and Swachh Bharat

Pujya Swamiji welcomed the Indian Railway Minister, Shri Suresh Prabhuji, to Parmarth Niketan (Rishikesh) for divine Ganga Aarti. During the beautiful lighting ceremony, Pujya Swamiji led the Hon’ble Minister in a symbolic bhoomi poojan and shila poojan ceremony, sacred worship and honouring the earth and the bricks, for the planned Rishikesh Bio-Toilet structure. The Hon’ble Minister commended and lauded Pujya Swamiji’s tireless efforts to bring interfaith leaders together to support the Swachh Bharat mission through GIWA’s Water, Sanitation and Hygiene initiative. Within the coming days they planned to join and serve...

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Apr 01 2015

Kathakar and Religious Social Responsibility: Pledge for WASH

Pujya Swamiji recently graced a huge Shreemad Bhagawad Katha by Pujya Rameshbhai Ozaji (Bhaishriji) in the Gandhi Maidan, which is situated at the very heart and centre of Bihar’s capital, Patna. During the event, Pujya Swamiji emphasized how the true completion of the katha only happens when we leave the nearby premises clean and green. He inspired thousands of participants and especially called upon the organizers of the event to carry out a thorough clean-up, ensuring that there was not a single piece of trash left from the event. Pujya...

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Mar 31 2015

Pujya Swamiji Meets with Hon’ble Minister of State for Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises

Pujya Swamiji met with Hon’ble Shri Giriraj Singhji, the Minister of State for Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises (MSME), Government of India, formally a minister in the Government of Bihar, in Delhi today. Pujya Swamiji spoke to him about His recent visit to Bihar and the great potential and responsibility that the states through which the National Ganga River passes through have in preserving and conserving their sacred and finite water resources. He also spoke to him about His vision and plans of developing Green Corridors, along both sides of...

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