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Mar 29 2016

Holi Celebrations: Local Culture Connects to Global Community

A beautiful Holi campfire or Holika Dahan took place in the Yoga Garden at Parmarth Niketan, Rishikesh on the eve of the Indian Festival of Colours, better known as Holi. The sacred fire was blessed and lit by Pujya Swamiji, Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswatiji, members of One Source Waking Up and many other pilgrims and devotees as the symbol of the victory of devotion and faith over ego and false pride. The sacred fire is burnt all over India as a reminder of the beautiful story of Prahlad and the burning of...

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Mar 15 2016

Sadhviji’s Divine Birthday Celebrations

Sadhvi Bhagawatiji's blessed, blissful and beautiful birthday celebration started like any other day, with her being dedicated to service of God's Divine Grace, with her active engagement in many projects and programmes that are flourishing and thriving under her leadership and tenacious dedication. In honour of her birthday, many members of the Global Interfaith WASH Alliance, Divine Shakti Foundation-Parmarth Niketan joined together to wish her a green birthday with an organic and green birthday salad, fresh from Parmarth Niketan's organic farm in Veerpur. The salad was also a symbol of Sadhvi...

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Mar 08 2016

First Ever Yog Maha Kumbha Begins

A historic, first ever, four day Yog Maha Kumbha festival took place in Pantdweep, Haridwar, jointly organized by Uttarakhand Tourism Development Board and Parmarth Niketan, from the 8-11th March. This year, the celebrations were planned to coincide with and extend the 28th Annual, International Yoga Festival celebrations at Parmarth Niketan (Rishikesh), held from 1-7th March, and jointly organized by Uttarakhand Tourism, Parmarth Niketan and GMVN, to the heart of the Ardha Kumbha, the sacred city of Haridwar. The morning began with Kundalini Sadhana with Gurmukh Kaur Khalsa. The festival was inaugurated...

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Mar 07 2016

Conclusion of IYF 2016

Today the annual, world famous International Yoga Festival, jointly organized by Uttarakhand Tourism Development Board, GMVN and Parmarth Niketan, at Parmarth Niketan, Rishikesh concluded. 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 were approximately 1000 participants from more than 70 countries. There were classes from 4:00 am until 9:30 pm with more than...

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Mar 01 2016

Inauguration of IYF 2016

#IYF2016 Today annual world famous International Yoga Festival, jointly organized by Uttarakhand Tourism Development Board, GMVN and Parmarth Niketan, at Parmarth Niketan, Rishikesh officially began. 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 1000 participants from more than 70 countries. There are classes from 4:00 am until 9:30 pm with more...

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Dec 17 2015

Model Green Village of Veerpur Gets Started

Global Interfaith WASH Alliance (of which Sadhviji is Secretary-General) and Ganga Action Parivar, under the leadership and inspiration of Pujya Swamiji, are working to transform the village of Veerpur into a model defecation-free village, and a clean and green example to India and to the world. By involving and inspiring all members of the community, including youth and local leaders from all castes and creeds to work together in a massive clean up and tree plantation, the villagers are enthusiastically supporting these efforts. They are working to construct toilets in households...

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Dec 15 2015

Enhancing Service Delivery to the Underserved

A “Social Enterprise Innovations Seminar - Enhancing Service Delivery to the Underserved” was hosted by the Federation of India Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI), under the auspices of National Institute for Transforming India Aayog (NITI Aayog), with the World Bank Group as knowledge partner. Participants and speakers included Ms. Isabel Guerrero, Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy for the Harvard Kennedy School and former Vice President of the World Bank Southeast Asia; Dr. A Didar Singh, Secretary General FICCI; Shri Nirankar Saxena, Senior Director of FICCI; and Mr. Michael Haney,...

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Nov 25 2015

United States Ambassador Lays First Bricks for Girls’ Bio-Toilets

Says HH Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji, “Students Will Become Sanitation Ambassadors” East met West recently as United States Ambassador to India, Shri Richard Verma, laid the first bricks for a new girls’ bio-toilet structure, being built by Global Interfaith WASH Alliance and Divine Shakti Foundation, Parmarth Niketan, Rishikesh. The Honourable Ambassador, his wife, Ms. Pinky Verma, and children joined HH Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswati, the Co-Chair/Co-Founder of the Global Interfaith WASH Alliance (GIWA) and President of Parmarth Niketan and Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswatiji, Secretary General GIWA and President of the Divine Shakti...

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Nov 22 2015

Shared Value Summit in Delhi

A unique Shared Value Summit was held to discuss business models that can make a difference to the world. An annual event organized by the Institute for Competitiveness, India, the Indian link in the global network of the Institute for Strategy and Competitiveness at the Harvard Business School, it brings together the foremost thinkers, leaders and shared value practitioners to discuss, deliberate and formulate action strategies of how economic progress can be made along with the greatest social impact. Summit keynotes and plenary sessions discussed the role of shared values...

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Nov 19 2015

GIWA Celebrates UN World Toilet Day 2015

Under Dettol Banega Swach India (BSI), The World Toilet Organization, The Global Interfaith WASH Alliance and Pehel-The Initiative of Dainik Jagran joined forces today to celebrate United Nations World Toilet Day. According to the United Nations, “The aim of World Toilet Day is to raise awareness about the people in the world who don’t have access to a toilet, despite the fact that it is a human right to have clean water and sanitation.” Worldwide, some 2.4 billion people—or close to one-third of the global population—doesn’t have access to improved sanitation,...

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