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AYUSH Ministry’s Two Day International Yoga Fest in Delhi

The inauguration of the two day International Yoga Festival, organised by the Morarji Desai National Institute of Yoga with the support of the Ministry of AYUSH, Government of India, was graced by HH Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji – Muniji, HH Yogrishi Baba Ramdevji, Hon’ble Urban Development Minister, Shri M Venkaiah Naiduji, Hon’ble AYUSH Minister, Shri Shripad Naikji, Dr H R Nagendraji, Chancellor SVASYA, Smt Hansa Jayadev Yogendraji, Director of The Yoga Institute and many other eminent yoga experts and yoga institutions at the Talkatora Stadium, New Delhi. During the opening ceremony,...

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Mar 02 2017

Day 2 of IYF 2017

Historic Addresses of Hon’ble Prime Minister to Yogis from 93 Nations during the International Yoga Festival at Parmarth Niketan RISHIKESH – People from almost 100 countries were held in rapt attention as Hon’ble Shri Narendra Modiji delivered a stirring address at Parmarth Niketan’s renowned annual International Yoga Festival, in cooperation with the Government of India AYUSH Ministry and Uttarakhand Tourism. Organized under the guidance and inspiration of HH Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji, President, Parmarth Niketan, the International Yoga Festival is being attended by well-over 1000 people, who are coming from across the world...

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Mar 01 2017

Day 1 of IYF 2017

People from Nearly 100 Nations, Saints, Governor and Dignitaries Converge for Inauguration of Parmarth Niketan’s Renowned International Yoga Festival The International Yoga Festival, which has already drawn over 1,000 people from nearly 100 countries, was inaugurated today by Uttarakhand Governor, Dr. Krishna Kant Paul at a ceremony that included congratulatory statements from HE the President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee, as well as the participation of numerous renowned faith leaders, dignitaries and yogacharyas. The annual world famous International Yoga Festival at Parmarth Niketan offers daily classes from 4:00 am until 9:30 pm...

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Feb 17 2017

Sanitation Conference in Assam Begins with Interfaith Pledge

Renowned faith leaders of the Global Interfaith WASH Alliance (GIWA) inaugurated the two day Assam Sanitation Conference in Khanapara Field, Guwahati with the Hon’ble Chief Minister, Shri Sarbananda Sonowallji and Hon’ble Minister of State Drinking Water & Sanitation Shri Ramesh Jigajinagiji along with many other ministers, secretaries and eminent representatives of UNICEF India. The GIWA India delegation was led by its Founder HH Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji and included prominent and revered interfaith leaders including HH Jagadguru Shankaracharya Swami Divyanand Teerthji, HH Maulana Mahmood Ahmed Madaniji, HH Venerable Lama Lobzangji, HH...

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Feb 08 2017

GIWA at KAICIID’s Second Meeting of the Advisory Forum

High-Level faith leaders from across the world were inspired today towards promoting interfaith reconciliation by joining forces against a “new common enemy.” The meetings, held by the King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz International Centre for Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue (KAICIID), under the leadership of Faisal Bin Muaammar, Secretary-General, KAICIID, brought together foremost leaders from the Muslim, Hindu, Christian, Jewish, Buddhist, Sikh, Jain, and other faiths under a common banner for the promotion of peace and reconciliation in these trying times. Featured prominently as a speaker was HH Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji (Pujya...

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Jan 19 2017

US Ambassador to India Hosts Special Dinner for Richard Gere

Pujya Swamiji and Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswati graced a special dinner hosted by Hon'ble US Ambassador to India Mr Richard Verma for the famous Hollywood Actor Mr Richard Gere. Richard Gere, who was also in Bodh Gaya when the Global Interfaith WASH Alliance's leaders visited His Holiness the Dalai Lama to present him with a preview of the WASH in Buddhism book, was very happy to meet Pujya Swamiji and Sadhvi Bhagawatiji again. They spoke about the critical need for improved WASH for all and the incredible work being done by GIWA,...

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Jan 10 2017

Green Meeting with Chief Minister of Bihar for Ganga

On the final evening of the Sarva Dharma Swachhta Sankalp in Patna, respected interfaith leaders of the Global Interfaith WASH Alliance (GIWA), led by GIWA's Co-Founder HH Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji - Muniji, met with the Hon'ble Chief Minister of Bihar Shri Nitish Kumarji to discuss the importance of keeping the River Ganga clean, green and free-flowing. Pujya Swamiji shared the work that GIWA and Ganga Action Parivar is committed to. They also discussed training and capacity building regarding how to build and maintain toilets, improve sanitation and end open defecation...

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Jan 08 2017

GIWA Sankalp, WASH in Buddhism Preview with HH the Dalai Lama

A wonderful coming together of Global Interfaith WASH Alliance's interfaith leaders, led by Pujya Swamiji and HH the Dalai Lama took place at Bodh Gaya yesterday during the ongoing Kalachakra Initiation and Puja. Over 100,000 people were in attendance. The respected interfaith leaders spoke on the occasion about the importance of faith and the power it has towards catalyzing sustainable behaviour change. They emphasised the crucial need for cleanliness both within our hearts and minds as well as externally in our communities and villages. They also spoke about the great need...

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Jan 05 2017

GIWA Bihar Summit: Sarva Dharma Swachhta Sadbhavana Sankalp

Over twenty prominent interfaith leaders of India’s major faiths joined hands together with HE the Governor of Bihar and other distinguished dignitaries to pledge togetherness for a Swachh Bharat and a Swachh Bihar at a special Summit today held by the Global Interfaith WASH Alliance (GIWA) with technical support of UNICEF. The Summit, called the Sarva Dharma, Swachhta Evam Sadbhavna, was organized with the aim of ushering in a Swachhta Kranti (clean revolution) through the coming together of prominent faith leaders, policy-makers, corporate leaders, civil society and media. Together, the...

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Christmas Eve Celebrated by Giving Back to School Children

On the auspicious occasion of Christmas Eve, a beautiful program at the Parmarth Vidya Mandir School, Prakash Bharti, a project of the Divine Shakti Foundation, was held where warm sweaters and fruits were given to all children. His Excellency Haris Silajdzic, Former President and Prime Minister of Bosnia and Herzegovina and his wife Selma Muhedinovic-Silajdzic joined Pujya Swamiji and Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswatiji as well as divine souls Dr Ramanbhai Patel and his wife Shakuntalaben and volunteers and members of the Parmarth family from all over the world. The special Guest of...

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