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Jan 01 2020

New Year, New You Retreat Starts the New Year with 2020 Vision

Parmarth Niketan offers 5 day spiritual retreat for seekers and devotees to begin the New Year in peace and harmony. 1 JANUARY 2020 RISHIKESH INDIA: Spiritual seekers, devotees, yoga enthusiasts and members of the Hinduja family journeyed from across India and around the world to Parmarth Niketan Ashram on the holy banks of Mother Ganga to end 2019 in prayer and meditation, and to greet 2020 more-deeply connected to themselves and the world by participating in an extraordinary 5 day free spiritual New Year retreat offered by the Ashram. The special Retreat...

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Dec 27 2019

Leave No One Behind Concluding Day

One-of-its-kind ‘Leave-No-One-Behind’ – Summit concludes on an optimistic note. A remarkable, Leave No One Behind Summit – Convened by Global Interfaith WASH Alliance (GIWA) with technical support of Fresh Water Action Network South Asia (FANSA) in collaboration with Water Supply & Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC) came to a close on 18th December, giving hope to around 14 communities whose voices usually go unheard and needs go unnoticed and are typically left behind in access to benefits of development. The last day began with 5-7 minute summary presentations from day long consultations on...

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Dec 24 2019

GIWA & WSSCC MHM Lab Opens in Rishikesh

The Global Interfaith Wash Alliance (GIWA) Menstrual Hygiene (MHM) Lab, in partnership with the WSSCC, was recently inaugurated with a very special appearance by Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswatiji, who graced the facility and warmly-welcomed the volunteers, visitors and students that were present to utilize its services. The lab was designed and created to offer a safe space for young girls and women, as well as men and boys, to discuss menstruation and to learn more about it. It is hoped that the facility will also inspire visitors to return to their...

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Dec 16 2019

Interfaith Inauguration of the Leave No One Behind Consultation

SUMMIT UNITES INTERFAITH LEADERS AND INDIA’S MARGINALIZED CITIZENS Total implementation of SDG6 in India, ensuring access to WASH facilities for all, is the common cause. 16 DECEMBER 2019 RISHIKESH INDIA: The Global Interfaith WASH Alliance (GIWA)*, in collaboration with Water Supply & Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC)** and with the technical support of Fresh Water Action Network South Asia (FANSA)*** hosted a Summit at Parmarth Niketan Ashram on the critical theme of “Leave No One Behind”, particularly with regard to access to Water and Sanitation (SDG 6) for the marginalized and at-risk population...

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Dec 11 2019

Religion, Faith, Dialogue & Sustainable Development in Vienna

Sadhviji’s trip to Vienna Focuses on Sustainable Development Goals and Intercultural Dialogue 11 DECEMBER 2019 VIENNA: As part of her ongoing association with numerous interfaith NGOs and United Nations organizations, Sadhviji returned to Vienna for several important meetings and events focusing on the role of religion in United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. In Vienna for a steering committee meeting of the International Partnership for Religion and Sustainable Development (PaRD) Sadhviji also was invited to deliver the opening address at a special event on "Countering Hate Speech in the Digital Age", organized by...

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Nov 24 2019

Sadhviji Offers Sanatan Dharma Satsang for Nairobi Devotees

Spiritual Q & A Provided Eternal Answers for Modern Challenges During her recent trip to Kenya for the 25th Annual International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD25) organized by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswati led Hindu devotees in a Divine Satsang at the Shree Sanatan Dharma Sabha Temple (SSDS) on topics ranging from Indian spirituality and the bridge between science and spirituality to the keys of true happiness and meaning in daily life. Sadhviji’s Satsangs are renowned the world over for their insightfulness and the simple, conversational way...

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Nov 24 2019

Vocational Occupation Teachers Gather at Parmarth Niketan

It was a beautiful day at Parmarth Niketan when dozens of Divine Shakti Foundation school and vocational training centre Adminstrators, Teachers and Wardens gathered together to meet with DSF Founder, President of Parmarth Niketan, Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji, and DSF’s President, Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswati, to review their successes and to plan for the future. After beautiful blessings for the continued health and happiness of the dedicated educators – many of whom have been sharing their wisdom and experience as DSF and Parmarth’s instructors with generations of students - Pujya Swamiji and...

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Nov 22 2019

Toilet Complex Inaugurated and Blessed on World Toilet Day

This year's #WorldToiletDay proved to be the perfect opportunity to inaugurate a new toilet complex at one of the many schools in Rishikesh for which the Global Interfaith WASH Alliance works to provide sanitation and hygiene facilities. On the day, Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji - Muniji and Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswatii, along with the Mayor of Rishikesh, Anita Mamgain, and other dignitaries, school faculty members and students, gathered together to celebrate the inauguration, and to encourage and empower the children to not only utilize the new facilities, but to care for...

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Nov 21 2019

Sadhvi Bhagawatiji Celebrates World Children’s Day

Divine Shakti Foundation’s Parmarth Vidya Mandir School becomes a festive and joyous tribute to the glory of the Divine Child. After a beautiful welcoming ceremony that included fragrant floral garlands, tilaks and colorful street sketches, Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswati, President of Divine Shakti Foundation, Secretary General of the Global Interfaith WASH Alliance, was warmly welcomed to Parmarth Vidya Mandir for festive musical and yogic celebrations of World Children's Day. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yXMX8bSL5SM Surrounded by angelic and delighted faces, Sadhviji was treated to an array of performances that perfectly symbolize the innocence and extraordinary potential of children...

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Nov 18 2019

Ragpickers in Rishikesh: Gujarat to Ganga Paryavaran Yatra

Inauguration of the Paryavaran (Environment) Yatra at Parmarth Niketan, Rishikesh The Hon’ble Governor of Uttarakhand, Smt Baby Rani Mauryaji graced Parmarth Niketan, Rishikesh to join the President and Spiritual Leader, HH Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji, and Secretary-General of the Global Interfaith WASH Alliance, Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswatiji in welcoming one hundred Paryavaran Mitras, women serving in Gujarat as ragpickers and sanitation workers, to the banks of Mother Ganga at Parmarth Niketan (Rishikesh). Pujya Swamiji shared His opening remarks and blessings, “To me you are not just Ragpickers but Rashtra Sevaks, doing the real...

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