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Apr 22 2014

International Mother Earth Day

Today Parmarth Niketan Ashram hosted very special International Mother Earth Day Celebrations, inspired and led by H.H. Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji, President of Parmarth Niketan, Founder of Ganga Action Parivar and Co-Founder of Global Interfaith WASH Alliance (GIWA). Pujya Swamiji inspired local schools and colleges to encourage each student to engage in green actions, such as planting and watering trees, environmental drawing competitions as well as slogan writing/awareness raising campaigns, dedicated to Mother Earth during their school day as a symbol of their commitment to make every day a green...

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Apr 08 2014

Inauguration of Spinal Injury and Physiotherapy Centre

World Health Day was celebrated in a very special way at Parmarth Niketan with the inauguration Uttarakhand’s first ever holistic Spinal Injury and Physiotherapy Centre in Rishikesh. The vision to start such a centre took place a few weeks ago when renowned Spine Surgeon and Past President of the Association of Spine Surgeons of India, Dr. Shekar Bhojraj from Mumbai, his wife, Dr. Shilpa Bhojraj and their team came for a trek to the Himalayas. On their trip they were inspired by the various service projects taking place under H.H....

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Apr 01 2014

Meeting with Japan’s Prime Minister, H.E. Shinzō Abe

Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji, met with Hon’ble Prime Minister of Japan, H.E. Shinzo Abe, recently. They discussed ways in which Japan and India could collaborate to exchange and share ideas and innovative solutions between both countries, especially in regards to WASH and the protection of crucial aquifers, such as the Ganga and Yamuna Rivers. During the meeting, His Excellency, the Hon’ble Prime Minister was presented with water from the Ganga River, the life-line for some 500 million people, which is also one of the most threatened rivers in the world. He...

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Mar 22 2014

World Water Day Celebrated at Parmarth Niketan

United Nations World Water Day was celebrated in a colourful, thoughtful and festive ceremony today at Parmarth Niketan Ashram by participants from around the world. The celebrations, organized by the Global Interfaith WASH Alliance and Ganga Action Parivar, were dedicated to the theme of saving energy to save water. Explained Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji, President of Parmarth Niketan, co-founder of the Global Interfaith WASH Alliance and founder of Ganga Action Parivar, “We are always taking from our water sources, such as the Ganga, and as a result, they are becoming increasingly...

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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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