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Mar 01 2015

Inauguration of the International Yoga Festival 2015

Inauguration of the International Yoga Festival 2015 Today, the 16th annual world famous International Yoga Festival at Parmarth Niketan ashram 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 approximately 1000 participants from more than 55 countries. There are classes from 4:00 am until 9:30 pm with more than 60 revered saints, yogacharyas,...

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Feb 14 2015

Make Ganga Your Green Valentine Everyday

As people around the world celebrate Valentine’s Day this week with gifts of chocolate and roses, as symbols of their love and devotion, it is the perfect time, as Pujya Swamiji reminds us, year after year, to renew our commitment to our Mother Ganga and Mother Nature, which provide unconditionally to all. Children all over the world will make Valentine's Day cards for their mothers. Pujya Swamiji inspires us that here in India, every day, not only February 14, should be an opportunity to show love and devotion to our...

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Feb 07 2015

Delhi Sustainable Development Summit (DSDS)

15th Annual Delhi Sustainable Development Summit (DSDS) organized by The Energy Research Institute (TERI), under the able leadership of Nobel Laureate Dr. RK Pachauri, Director General of TERI, held at the Taj Palace Hotel, New Delhi from the 5-7th February, 2015 brought together a galaxy of speakers from diverse sectors. This is the first time in previous fourteen years that the Valedictory Session of this vital summit was graced by interfaith leaders. The theme of the concluding session was ‘Vasudhaiv Kutumbakam,” the world is one world family. Previously, last year when...

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Jan 25 2015

Conclave of Bishops Discuss WASH and Climate Change in Kerala

Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji and Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswatiji renowned archbishops and bishops in a pledge to take care of our water bodies, to keep them clean and protect them, and also to work for sanitation and hygiene, during the International Conference on Climate Change and the Developing World at the CMS College in Kerala, sponsored by UGC and organized in association with the Church of South India Synod and Nilackal Ecological Commission. The conference was also attended by UNICEF India. Pujya Swamiji emphasized that we have built enough churches and enough temples...

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Jan 21 2015

World Toilet Summit

At the World Toilet Summit in Delhi - attended by several senior cabinet ministers and representatives of dozens of multinationals, NGOs and international gov't organizations dedicated to bringing about a sanitation revolution. Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswati, co-founder/chairman of GIWA, pledged to build a toilet complex at Ajmer Dargah Sharif with Shri Dewan Sahib, a huge move in not only sanitation but in interfaith joining of hands for the betterment of society. Pujya Swamiji said "Meditation and sanitation should go hand in hand." Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswati, Secretary-General of GIWA, spoke about the...

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Nov 30 2014

Women for WASH Summit with UNICEF at Parmarth

An ocean of renowned women leaders from different religions, countries, organisations, and fields came together today at Parmarth Niketan, Rishikesh, on the banks of the holy Ganga to discuss and then commit themselves to play a more active and collaborative role in saving our children, women and communities from death, disease and stunting through better WASH (Water, Sanitation & Hygiene) practices. The Women for WASH Summit at Parmarth Niketan was part of the first global mega event organised by the Global Interfaith WASH Alliance (GIWA) with the technical support of UNICEF....

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Nov 29 2014

GIWA’s Worship to WASH Summit of Leaders

Historic WASH Summit inaugurated in Rishikesh to save lives of children A WASH REVOLUTION Today marked a landmark moment in the history of India. Some of the most renowned leaders and greatest minds across the globe have come together and joined hands in the “Worship to WASH” Summit of Leaders, organized by the Global Interfaith WASH Alliance at Parmarth Niketan (Rishikesh) with the technical support of UNICEF. WASH stands for Water, Sanitation & Hygiene. History is being created here on the banks of the Ganges through the joint effort, experience, and expertise of...

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Nov 10 2014

Launch of GIWA – India / Press Conference

Faith leaders commit to Worship for WASH to save children and women Prominent leaders from the major faiths in India came together today to announce the launch of a globally unprecedented initiative to save millions of Indian children, the Global Interfaith WASH Alliance (GIWA India). UNICEF India is partnering with GIWA for technical expertise and advice. The leaders resolved to take the message of WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene) to their congregations and followers, embracing the spirit of Swachh Bharat campaign so that homes and communities across India can have improved...

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Oct 31 2014

United Nations Program on Sustainable Development

Sadhvi Bhagawatiji spoke at a beautiful program at the UN organized by the UN Alliance of Civilizations, Global Citizen Forum and United Peace Federation on Sustainable Development.  This program brought together so many people, from so many different fields -- government, UN, NGO, media, news -- all of whom are working to bring about a world that truly embodies sustainability. In Indian culture we are told "Vasudhaiv Kutumbakam," the world is one family. If we're all a family then clearly none of us has any right to more than our individual...

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Oct 31 2014

Prestigious Honours from the World Brahman Organization

Pujya Swamiji and Sadhvi Bhagawatiji were each awarded recently with honours from the World Brahman Organization. Pujya Swamiji was awarded with the “International Peace Award” for outstanding contributions to humanity, and Sadhvi Bhagawtiji was the “Women’s Empowerment Award” for outstanding contributions to society. These awards were to be presented at the House of Commons in London on October 1st to Pujya Swamiji and Sadhvi Bhagawatiji. However, they could not make it to London during that time, so officials from the World Brahman Organization traveled to Rishikesh to present the honours in person....

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