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Nov 18 2015

Prayer for Paris and Pledge for World Peace

Saints, pilgrims, devotees and yogis from all across India and across the world joined together to pray and pledge for world peace and for all of humanity, in the wake of the recent terrorist attacks in Paris, the violence in Beirut and the refugee crisis across Europe. Led by Pujya Swamiji and Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswatiji, a sacred prayer with burning earthen oil lamps was held for peace, light and universal sisterhood/brotherhood. The participants were inspired to commit and pledge to cohesive action so that they can become beacons of light and...

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Nov 14 2015

National Children’s Day: Shaping a Green Future

National Children’s Day (14 November), jointly organized by Parmarth Niketan (Rishikesh) and Planetskool, brought together our global family with the local school children as one team with one theme: to raise awareness on the crucial and critical need to protect our planet. School children from Divya Prem Sewa, Vidya Bharti students and Parmarth Niketan Gurukul students performed thought-provoking pieces on Swachh Bharat and Namami Gange. Internationally acclaimed Estonian band, BomBillaz, performed the “Planetskool” theme song along with other riveting numbers that fused Indian classical mantras with reggae. Famous child performer, Balshree Awardee...

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Nov 07 2015

First Indo China Yoga Festival at Parmarth Begins

The first ever Indo-China International Yoga Festival in India, took place on the holy banks of Mother Ganga in Parmarth Niketan (Rishikesh), with participants from 31 nations. The festival ran from the 5th through the 9th November with the first 2 days in Jageshwar Dham, organized and run jointly by the Government of Uttarakhand and Parmarth Niketan, and the second 3 days at Parmarth Niketan, Rishikesh. See the updates from the Jageshwar Yoga Festival, here. It was inaugurated by Pujya Swamiji, Hon’ble Minister of Agriculture Shri Harak Singh Rawatji, Shri Rajeev Swaroop,...

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Nov 06 2015

Celebrating the First Historic Jageshwar International Yoga Festival

The first ever, two day Jageshwar International Yoga Festival was held on November 5 and 6, jointly organized by the Government of Uttarakhand, KMVN and Parmarth Niketan (Rishikesh). Parmarth Niketan Ashram is well known for organizing and hosting the world famous annual International Yoga Festival, from March 1-7 each year, attracting hundreds of Yogis from across India and across the world, which is now in its 17th year. Together with the department of Tourism, Government of Uttarakhand, it was decided that the inspiration and transformation of Parmarth’s International Yoga Festival...

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Nov 06 2015

Second Day of the First Historic Jageshwar International Yoga Festival

The first ever, two day Jageshwar International Yoga Festival was held on November 5 and 6, jointly organized by the Government of Uttarakhand, KMVN and Parmarth Niketan (Rishikesh). Parmarth Niketan Ashram is well known for organizing and hosting the world famous annual International Yoga Festival, from March 1-7 each year, attracting hundreds of Yogis from across India and across the world, which is now in its 17th year. Together with the department of Tourism, Government of Uttarakhand, it was decided that the inspiration and transformation of Parmarth’s International Yoga Festival...

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Nov 01 2015

Inauguration of Sanskrit Mahavidyala Rudraprayag

Pujya Swamiji visited Rudraprayag recently to inaugurate a beautiful Chatra Vas (Hostel) and Meditation Centre at the Sanskrit Mahavidyala Rudraprayag at Sangam Ghat. These buildings were devastated in the floods of 2013 and new construction by the Swaminarayan Gurukul Parivar, with the blessings of HH Pujya Swami Madhavpriyadasji, in collaboration with the Divine Shakti Foundation-Parmarth Niketan, Rishikesh, took place to restore the building. The opening programme was joined by the Hon'ble Education Minister of Uttarakhand, Shri Mantri Prasad Naithaniji, head Acharyas of the school as well as all the students and...

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Oct 25 2015

Seventh Annual Worldwide Meeting on Human Values in Mexico

The Seventh Annual Worldwide Meeting on Human Values took place in Monterrey, Mexico, in which HH Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji, President of Parmarth Niketan (Rishikesh, India) and Co-Chair of the Global Interfaith WASH Alliance, and Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswatiji, President of the Divine Shakti Foundation and Secretary-General of Global Interfaith WASH Alliance, were warmly welcomed as Spiritual Leaders and keynote speakers. They led two special programs on “Love and Consciousness in Action” with founder/President of Organic India, Shri Bharat Mitra, one was a main keynote address and the other a longer,...

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Oct 23 2015

Green Satsang and Pledge for Navratri

#Navratri Pujya Swamiji and Sadhvi Bhagawatiji were warmly welcomed to the Hindu Temple in Louisville, Kentucky, by the residents and devotees. The priests expressed their gratitude for Pujya Swamiji's care, compassion and concern towards the temple from the very beginning of the temple's formation. Pujya Swamiji offered a beautiful sacred green Bhel sapling as a symbol and reminder to celebrate the Navratri festival as a Green festival. The evening satsang began with the divine chanting of the sacred Rudram and beautiful mantras of Lord Shivato welcome Pujya Swamiji. Sadhviji spoke on how...

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Oct 22 2015

Celebrating Light and Life During Navratri

Pujya Swamiji and Sadhvi Bhagawatiji gave a special satsang during the auspicious occasion of Navratri at the Bharatiya Temple of NWI in Merriville, Indiana (near Chicago). Sadhviji started the satsang by saying, "What is the light that we are talking about in this theme of today's satsang 'Celebrating the Light.' It's not just the external light of the light bulb or the magnificent light of the Sun that allows us to see the world. Because our sight of the world is so different from another person's vision of that same light...

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Oct 19 2015

Renowned Faith Leaders Commit to Combat Climate Change

Salt Lake City- Renowned Muslim, Hindu, Christian, Jewish, Buddhist and Jain leaders made history during the last day of the Parliament of the World’s Religions, pledging to combat climate change through the power of faith, organized and led by the Global Interfaith WASH alliance. Thirteen of the warmest years on record have occurred since 2000. At the same time, natural calamities are increasing in force and severe water shortages are being noted in places of former abundance. The revered interfaith leaders focused specifically, emphatically and passionately on choices and decisions each of...

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