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May 08 2019

2019 PaRD General Assembly of Members

Sadhvi Bhagawatiji attended the annual General Assembly of PaRD, International Partnership for Religion and Sustainable Development, of which she serves on the Steering Committee. PaRD brings together the governments of currently 12 countries, with intergovernmental entities (United Nations, World Bank, African Union, KAICIID) with diverse civil society organisations (CSOs) and faith-based organisations (FBOs), to engage the diverse faith communities for in the spirit of the United Nations' 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. This year's General Assembly took place last week in Copenhagen, Denmark, lovingly sponsored and hosted by the Danish...

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Apr 28 2019

Inauguration of Upgraded Computer Centre at Parmarth

“Education means not only theoretical knowledge, but also learning mental, physical, emotional, intellectual and scientific development.” So declared HH Pujya Swamiji Chidanand Saraswatiji, President of Parmarth Niketan, at the recent opening of the modern and well-equipped computer lab at the ashram’s divine Gurukul, a place of scholarship and inspiration for disadvantaged and/or orphaned youth. He added, “By surfing the web pages and the Ved pages, this centre will help them bridge the gap between computer and culture between technology and traditions.” Inauguration of upgraded computer centre at our Gurukul by @PujyaSwamiji,...

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Apr 23 2019

Earth Day Celebrated: Beautification of the Rishikesh Railways

On Earth Day, the Global Interfaith WASH Alliance came together with Swarovski WaterSchools, Parmarth Niketan Ashram, other local schools and organizations to organize a beautification campaign that began with the Rishikesh train station. Hundreds of school students from across the region converged at the Rishikesh Train Station to paint and beautify it in honour of International Mother Earth Day. They were joined and guided by artists from across India and around the world to send a unified message of love for the natural wonders of the Ganga and the Himalayas...

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Mar 25 2019

Sadhvi Bhagawatiji Joins Walk for Water on World Water Day in Hollywood, California

On World Water Day, Sadhviji joined a Walk for Water on the famous Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California organized by the Thirst Project, an organization founded by Los Angeles youth to help bring clean water to people around the world. For the walk, all the participants carried large water cans for two miles, demonstrating how so much of the world lives -- having to walk many miles to collect water for their daily needs. Sadhviji had fruitful conversations with Seth Maxwell, the CEO and Evan Wesley regarding the work they are...

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Mar 21 2019

Sadhviji at the UN Commission on the Status of Women

It was a joy to be at the United Nations last week for the 63rd Convention on the Status of Women and to speak at three events on issues related to women in India. The first was an event organized by WSSCC with the Governments of Spain and Germany on Access to Menstrual Health as Public Service: The Lived Experiences of Women and Girls led by Sue Coates, Deputy Executive Director, WSSCC and Ms. Maria Bassols, Deputy Permanent Representative of the Permanent Mission of Spain to the United Nations with...

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Mar 14 2019

Celebrating a Life in Service: Sadhviji’s Divine Birthday

Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswatiji's beautiful birthday celebrations was blessed by Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji, as Parmarth's Rishikumars, Sevaks and our global family came together to celebrate and rejoice. Everybody shared their unique expression of their love and gratitude for Sadhviji, sometimes with flowers, gifts, cards or sometimes just with their experience of the impact of her presence in their lives, and were joyful to receive her warm hugs and smiles. In honour of her birthday, our divine sevaks and Parmarth Niketan family joined together at the Parmarth Organic Farm and School in...

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Mar 10 2019

Symposium on Meditation & Cardiovascular Diseases/AIIMS Rishikesh

A beautiful conference on the role of Medicine in Prevention and Treatment of Cardiovascular Diseases took place at AIIMS Rishikesh, inaugurated by Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji, Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswatiji, Dr HR Nagendraji, Chancellor of SVASYA, Dr Subodh Tiwariji, CEO, Kaivalyadam, and others, presided on by Dr Ravi Kantji, Director of AIIMS Rishikesh, Dr Indranill Basu, Cardiologist from America and Prof Bhanu Dugal, Head of Department, Cardiology, AIIMS Rishikesh. Dr Indranill Basu set the tone of the conference by sharing, “The science of meditation has slowly dissipated over the years. The purpose...

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Mar 07 2019

International Yoga Festival – Day 7

SPREAD YOUR LOVE becomes anthem and message of the 30th International Yoga Festival as Hon’ble Governor of Uttarakhand, Smt. Baby Rani Maurya blesses and wishes farewell to over 1500 participants from 80 nations. Participants journey to the Maharishi (Beatles) Ashram for meditation, song, and dance; Closing ceremony is blessed by Smt. Baby Rani Maurya, Hon’ble Governor of Uttarakhand. RISHIKESH- On Day 7, the International Yoga Festival at Parmarth Niketan, being held in association with Incredible India, Ministry of Tourism, Government of India, celebrated its final day on and off the mat....

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Mar 06 2019

International Yoga Festival – Day 6

Our Climate and Our Future—a call to action for IYF Participants, Ambassadors, and Leaders to make a commitment to Yoga’s role in Earth Activism. Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji and Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswatiji welcome Saul David Raye, Srila B.A. Paramadvaiti, Cheryl Angel, Abuela Tonalmitl, and other indigenous elders in inspiring conversation on Climate and our Sustainable Future RISHIKESH- On Day 6, the International Yoga Festival at Parmarth Niketan, being held in association with Incredible India, Ministry of Tourism, Government of India, opened to a dialogue about the urgency of climate action, and how...

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Mar 05 2019

International Yoga Festival – Day 5

Shiva and Shilpa came together at Parmarth Niketan’s International Yoga Festival Bollywood Actress, Yoga Teacher, Entrepreneur Shilpa Shetty shared the secrets of success by being on a path of Yoga and led participants from across the world in a fun, refreshing outdoor Yoga Class in Parmarth’s Yoga Garden RISHIKESH- The International Yoga Festival at Parmarth Niketan, being held in association with Incredible India, Ministry of Tourism, Government of India, was joined by Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji, President of Parmarth Niketan, and Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswatiji, Director of the International Yoga Festival, in...

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