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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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Oct 27 2014

Launch of Encyclopedia of Hinduism by UK PM David Cameron

The evening of October 27th marked a historic moment in the cultural history of India and for Indians and Hindus across the world. The 11-volume Encyclopedia of Hinduism produced by India Heritage Research Foundation, founded and chaired by Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji, was launched in London by the Prime Minister of Great Britain, Mr. David Cameron. The program took place at the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Center in Westminster, London, in a special function hosted by Lord Andrew Feldman, the Chairman of the Conservative Party, and organized by the Conservative Party,...

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Oct 15 2014

Presentation of Encyclopedia to Pujya Sant Shri Morari Bapuji

On October 15th, Pujya Morari Bapuji came to Parmarth and after his beautiful discourse, where Pujya Swamiji and Sadhvi Bhagawatiji presented him with the new international edition of the Encyclopedia of Hinduism. Pujya Bapuji had done the first katha in the Kumbha Mela to raise awareness for the Encyclopedia when it was just a divine vision. Click here to view more photos from this event....

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Oct 10 2014

Launch of the Encyclopedia of Hinduism at the Vigyan Bhawan

The evening of October 10th marked a historic moment in the cultural history of India: the launch of the International Edition of the Encyclopedia of Hinduism at a glorious function in Vigyan Bhavan, organized by India Heritage Research Foundation and Global Citizen Forum. The Chief Guest of the function was the Hon’ble Vice President of India, Shri M. Hamid Ansariji; the Special Guest of Honour was Mananiya Dr. Mohan Bhagwatji. The program was also graced by the presence of numerous revered interfaith leaders, honourable cabinet ministers, distinguished dignitaries and celebrities...

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Oct 02 2014

Gandhi Jayanti: Join the Clean, Green and Serene Revolution

HH Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji (Pujya Swamiji), President of Parmarth Niketan, Co-Founder of the Global Interfaith WASH Alliance and Founder of Ganga Action Parivar, has for the past decade, inspired the Clean, Green and Serene Initiative, organizing several large scale clean-ups and greening activities on major holidays and festivals. He has always consistently encouraged making every holiday, every festival and every day a green one. On the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti it was no different; having just returned from His trip abroad, He led a team of Parmarth Rishikumars, staff and...

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Sep 28 2014

Hon’ble Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Pujya Swamiji Meet During historic first trip to the United States as PM

"Today, Madison Square became Modi-son Square.  What happened? India Happened." – Pujya Swamiji Pujya Swamiji and Sadhvi Bhagawatiji had traveled to New York at the end of September for two major summits on Climate Change and faith leaders (read more on this on page 23). Serendipitously, Shri Narendra Modiji’s plan to visit the United States for the United Nations General Assembly Week was finalized and Pujya Swamiji was invited and requested to stay back in New York for the programs with Shri Narendra Modiji. Those programs included the famous Madison Square...

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