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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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Jul 18 2014

Interfaith Water Blessing Ceremony at House of Commons

London: For the first time in British history, an interfaith Water Blessing Ceremony was performed on the lap of River Thames to give thanks for the ancient, life-giving river and to pray that all people, all over the world should have access to safe, sufficient water. The event also was organised to raise awareness of water scarcity across the globe which has reached unprecedented dangerous levels. When Their Royal Highnesses Prince Charles and Duchess Camilla, came to India in November 2013, they visited the Parmarth Niketan ashram in Rishikesh (Himalayas), presided...

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Jul 18 2014

Thames River Clean Up

On Friday 18th July in Central London Global Interfaith WASH Alliance (GIWA) and Ganga Action Parivar (GAP) joined forces with Thames21, London's lead Thames waterway charity to clean up the rubbish strewn banks of the River Thames. This unique collaboration saw HH Pujya Swamiji Chidanand Saraswatiji, the President of Parmarth Niketan Ashram, Rishikesh (India), Founder of Ganga Action Parivar, India and co-founder of the Global Interfaith WASH Alliance , mobilise dozens of volunteers of all ages who, in searing heat, donned wellies and gloves to dig up countless discarded plastic bags...

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Jul 06 2014

Berlin Yoga Festival: Pledge for all Rivers

Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji and Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswatiji were chief guests for the opening keynote lectures at the 10th annual Berlin Yoga Festival, celebrated and hosted by Lernen in Bewegung e.V. at Cultural Park Kladow of Berlin, Germany from July 4th – 6th, bringing together more than 5,000 yoga seekers. Pujya Swamiji and Sadhvi Bhagawatiji gave a special satsang, shared discourses and hosted question and answer sessions on living yoga, both on and off the mat. They are deeply committed to spreading the message and practice of living yoga in...

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Jun 23 2014

Presentation of Encyclopedia of Hinduism to President of India

Monday June 23 marked a historic moment in the cultural history of India: the official presentation of the international edition of the Encyclopedia of Hinduism. A project of India Heritage Research Foundation, founded, guided and led by one of India’s most revered spiritual leaders, Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji, President of Parmarth Niketan, Rishikesh, the Encyclopedia of Hinduism is a colossal product of more than 1000 esteemed scholars from around the world, totaling 11-volumes and approximately 7000 entries. The presentation of the gorgeous, 7000 entry, 11-volume compendium of the depth and breadth...

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Apr 22 2014

International Mother Earth Day

Today Parmarth Niketan Ashram hosted very special International Mother Earth Day Celebrations, inspired and led by H.H. Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji, President of Parmarth Niketan, Founder of Ganga Action Parivar and Co-Founder of Global Interfaith WASH Alliance (GIWA). Pujya Swamiji inspired local schools and colleges to encourage each student to engage in green actions, such as planting and watering trees, environmental drawing competitions as well as slogan writing/awareness raising campaigns, dedicated to Mother Earth during their school day as a symbol of their commitment to make every day a green...

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Apr 15 2014

Hanuman Jayanti

Hanuman Jayanti celebrations began with the Hanuman Chalisa (a devotional song that highlights the glories and tales of Sri Hanumanji) lead by Pujya Swamiji and joined by all pilgrims and Parmarth Rishikumars. Later in the evening yagna (fireside ceremony) and Ganga Aarti was also dedicated to Sri Hanuman and His divine spirit of single-minded devotion to Lord Ram. Sadhvi Bhagawatiji shared that Hanuman Jyanti is a celebration of devotion, a celebration of sacrifice, a celebration of surrender. The day commemorates the life of Sri Hanuman, a divine incarnation who embodies the...

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Mar 22 2014

World Water Day Celebrated at Parmarth Niketan

Rishikesh- United Nations World Water Day was celebrated in a colourful, thoughtful and festive ceremony today at Parmarth Niketan Ashram by participants from around the world. The celebrations, organized by the Global Interfaith WASH Alliance and Ganga Action Parivar, were dedicated to the theme of saving energy to save water. Explained Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji, President of Parmarth Niketan, co-founder of the Global Interfaith WASH Alliance and founder of Ganga Action Parivar, “We are always taking from our water sources, such as the Ganga, and as a result, they are becoming...

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