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Feb 25 2013

Temples to Toilet Program at Kumbh Mela

In the evening of February 25th, Pujya Swamiji showed a film which had been made on the need for toilets in the presence of members of DRDO, FICCI and the media. The lack of proper toilet facilities is not only a major factor contributing to pollution in Ganga, Yamuna and all rivers, but also is a source of violence, fear and illness in girls and women. Embarrassed to go to the toilet in the daytime, they suffer innumerable ailments from holding until the dark of night. Then, in the dark...

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Feb 23 2013

Launch of National Ganga Rights Movement at Kumbh Mela

On the 23rd, the Respected Union Minister for Water Resources, Shri Harish Rawat, stood alongside Pujya Swamiji and other respected saints and dignitaries for the launch of the National Ganga Rights Movement. The movement, which is being spearheaded by Ganga Action Parivar, is promoting the National Ganga Rights Act to protect and restore one of the world’s most precious and beloved river systems. Present environmental laws, which regulate the amount of allowable harm that may occur to ecosystems, have not proven adequate to protect our National River, which also sustains the...

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Feb 19 2013

Maha Sangam Aarti

On the 19th, Pujya Swamiji led a special aarti at the VIP ghat on the sangam which was graced by the presence of Pujya Shankaracharya Vasudevanandji, Pujya Shankaracharya Narendranandji, Pujya Shankaracharya Adhokchajanandji, Pujya M.M. Swami Avdheshanand Giriji and other revered saints and leaders. As Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji said: “Here we have a sangam of saints, a sangam of Shankaracharyajis together on the sacred Sangam. I am sure that with the blessings of our divine saints and the commitment of so many people from across India and from abroad, we truly...

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Feb 14 2013

Make Ma Ganga Your Green Valentine Rally

On Valentine’s Day, more than 500 “Green Kumbh” participants from more than 45 countries joined together in a celebration of dance and music at Arail Ghat to declare Ma Ganga, India’s Green Valentine. The gathering was graced by the presence of Pujya Swami Chidanandji, Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudevji of Isha Foundation, Sri Prem Babaji, and Pujya B.A. Swami Paramadvaiti. The rally showcased the colors of India’s flag: orange was the symbol for sunshine and alternative energy, white represents simplicity and purity to encourage living in a sustainable and simple way and green stands...

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Feb 03 2013

Sangam Aarti

On February 3rd, Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji led a special Ganga Aarti ceremony, graced by the presence of Pujya Swami Ramdevji and many revered saints and spiritual leaders of Hinduism, Islam, Sikhism, Jainism and Christianity as well as distinguished guests and dignitaries. The Aarti delivered the great message of unity of the leaders of the world’s religions in the importance of protecting our national environment and particularly the sacred and lifegiving waters of Mother Ganga. As the revered saints waved the brightly burning aarti lamps, it brought a message of light...

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Jan 26 2013

Republic Day Environmental Parade

More than a thousand people – from across India and around the world – marched together to celebrate India’s Republic Day on January 26th on the banks of the Sangam, as part of an environmental parade to call for India’s independence from pollution and to pay homage to the war heroes, who have faithfully served India’s past. Led by Puyja Swamiji, participants from of all castes, creeds and cultures came together to call for an Indian “Clean Revolution.” The parade-goers, hailing from more than 54 countries, as well as students from...

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Jan 24 2013

National Day of the Girl Child

As a divine start to the Divine Shakti Festival, the National Day of the Girl Child on January 24th with a unique ceremony in which 60 daughters of fishermen were worshiped by the Parmarth Rishikumars as goddesses led by Pujya Swamiji. The purpose of the ceremony was to shed light on India’s girl children as worthy of respect and reverence. Pujya Swamji spoke about how girls represent the past, present, and future of Mother India, and that for India to grow and thrive, they must be allowed to grow and thrive....

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Jan 20 2013

Green Kumbh Utsav

On January 20th, Ganga Action Parivar organized a special procession of 5,000 school children from thirty Allahabad-area schools, to inspire them in solidarity and support for saving the Ganga and Yamuna Rivers. The students paraded through the grounds of the Kumbh Mela, singing songs and carrying hand-made signs, some of which stated, “Ganga’s Rights are Our Rights”, finishing their march at the Ganga Action Parivar camp. His Excellency Uttar Pradesh Governor, Shri B. L. Joshiji was guest of honor at the event, whom Pujya Swamiji named our “Green Governor.” The program...

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Jan 19 2013

Green Pilgrimage Conference

On 19th January, His Excellency, Uttarakhand Governor, Dr. Aziz Qureshiji, Pujya Swamiji, distinguished Mayors and Government officials met to discuss ways to make the pathways of pilgrims as clean as the temple they pray in. In bringing together lauded officials from across India, this conference will enable the sharing of information and ideas about how India’s cities and pilgrimage places can become cleaner and greener. “If every mayor gives one solution, imagine, you’ll have 20 solutions. And when you go back, you have not only had a dip in the sangam, but...

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Jan 14 2013

Clean Up of Sangam’s Banks on Makar Sankranti

On January 14th we celebrated Makar Sankranti, a day marking the beginning of the Sun’s ascent into the Northern Hemisphere, as well as the official start to the Kumbh Mela. Before taking a sacred dip in Sangam’s waters, however, Pujya Swamiji declared “Let us first give a bath to Sangam before we take our own bath in Sangam!” Thus, devotees, pilgrims, and yogis joined together to clean trash and other waste from the banks of the Sangam. After thoroughly cleaning the banks of Sangam, removing pounds of plastic, polythene, leftover puja material...

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