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Jul 12 2015

Pujya Swamiji and Sadhvi Bhagawatiji at World Bank for Religion & Sustainable Development

Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswati, President of Parmarth Niketan (Rishikesh), Co-Founder & Co-Chair of Global Interfaith WASH Alliance (GIWA), Founder of Ganga Action Parivar and Divine Shakti Foundation, was at the World Bank in Washington DC this past week for a special conference on Religion and Sustainable Development. (More details and photos of the conference will come soon as soon as we get the pictures from the organizers). During the conference, during a special Iftar organized by the World Bank Group and Islamic Relief, Pujya Swamiji met with the World Bank...

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Jun 28 2015

Satsang in London with Pujya Swamiji and Sadhviji

On Sunday 28th of June, Pujya Swamiji and Sadhvi Bhagawatiji (Sadhviji) gave an extraordinary Darshan and Satsang at St James School in London. Having just arrived in the early evening from Delhi, they entered a fully packed hall, of hundreds of people, into a truly special atmosphere of great devotion created by talented musicians with their Kirtan. The evening was introduced by Roshni and Shreya Lakhani, who had organised the event. Both have attended the school, which values the finest teachings from all traditions and in particular the Sanskrit tradition. They...

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Jun 28 2015

Vietnamese Ambassador to India meets Pujya Swamiji

His Excellency Mr. Ton Sinh Thanh, Ambassador of SR of Vietnam to India, Nepal & Bhutan, and his wife, Mrs. Phan Thi Vinh Khanh, as well as their family and friends visited Parmarth Niketan (Rishikesh) to meet with Pujya Swamiji and Sadhvi Bhagawatiji. HE Mr. Ton Sinh Thanh shared that they had been living in India now for 8 months and were very interested in the Indian spiritual-cultural tradition and the practice of Yoga. He also explained how just before coming to Rishikesh he had delegates of his Embassy participate in the...

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Jun 21 2015

Green International Yoga Day Celebrations at Parmarth Niketan

A beautiful celebration of the International Yoga Day took place on the banks of Mother Ganga, in the lap of the Himalayas in the birthplace of Yoga, in the sacred city of Rishikesh at Parmarth Niketan, with the blessing, vision and leadership of Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji (Pujya Swamiji) and Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswatiji(Sadhviji). The grand Yoga gathering, which took place in the holy presence and with the blessings and inspiration of Pujya Swamiji, brought hundreds of pilgrims together and started with a large Yoga class, which included the International Yoga Day...

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Jun 20 2015

Commemorating Int’l Yoga Day With the Maharishi Institute of Creative Intelligence

On the eve of International Yoga Day, Sadhvi Bhagawatiji spoke at an event commemorating the historic day of the Maharishi Institute of Creative Intelligence at FICCI Headquarts in Delhi.  Among dignitaries present at the event was Hon'ble Union Home Minister Shri Rajnath Singh, who delivered an eloquent, heart-felt talk. During the event, a fascinating discussion was also held regarding the life of HH Pujya Maharishi Mahesh Yogiji, the power of meditation, and the Maharishi Institute's 600 scientific research studies, which have been documented in seven volumes....

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Jun 05 2015

Visit to Rural Village in Rudraprayag, Uttarakhand

Pujya Swamiji and Sadhviji visited a small village by the name of Jyuri (block Agyustamuni, district Rudraprayag), high in the mountains from Rudraprayag which is a typical, exquisite yet impoverished mountain village with Hon'ble MLA Kedarnath, Shaila Rani Ravatji. Medicinal herbs, roots, fruit and vegetables grew plentifully and organically. They poured their hearts out to Pujya Swamiji and Sadhvi Bhagawatiji about their challenges and concerns as well as the great, great need for proper education as well as access to higher education in their communities. Pujya Swamiji and Sadhviji, deeply touched and...

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Jun 05 2015

Rambara Smriti Van Plantation

Pujya Swamiji and Sadhvi Bhagawatiji visited the massive Rambara landslide location during their recent yatra to Kedarnath, where an entire town and large chunk of mountainside was completely wiped out, with Hon'ble Minister of Agriculture, Dr. Harak Singh Rawatji and District Magistrate of Rudraprayag, Dr.Raghav Langar. The International Memorial Garden (Smriti Van) will have indigenous and sacred trees planted in memory of the departed souls from the tragic 2013 floods in Uttarakhand was also performed. It will also be developed as an eco-tourism location where people can be with Nature as...

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Jun 04 2015

Agustyamuni Village Training Centre

On route back to Rudraprayag-Sangam, during their recent yatra to Kedarnath, Pujya Swamiji and Sadhviji were invited by Smt Shaila Rani Rawatji to visit a newly opened training and employment centre in Agustyamuni, Rudraprayag. Upon seeing the centre and meeting the women, they planned to scale up and standardize the services to meet international standards as well as improve the training with the help and support of Bharat Mitra and his Organic India team playing a major part in training and development of the centre. To learn more, visit us at: <a...

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Jun 01 2015

Visit to DSF’s Triyuginarayan Livelihood Centre

A visit to the newly constructed livelihoods centre was the next stop in Pujya Swamiji’s yatra to Kedarnath where He met and spent time with the beneficiaries. Several of the women, who had lost their husbands in the floods, were so glad to get a sense of purpose and meaning in their lives- as Pujya Swamiji said, that along with weaving sweaters, shawls and many other garments they were also weaving their lives with hope and healing. Plans for a grand inauguration of the centre as well as a resilient...

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May 31 2015

Inauguration of Divine Shakti Foundation’s New Brightland School

Brightland International School, which was completely destroyed in the floods of 2013, has been rebuilt by Divine Shakti Foundation and Parmarth Niketan, Rishikesh, led, guided, blessed and inspired by Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji. The new, eco-friendly campus was inaugurated on the 31st May by Hon’ble Chief Minister of Uttarakhand, Shri Harish Rawatji, Hon’ble Minister of Drinking Water and Education, Uttarakhand, Shri Mantri Prasad Naithaniji, Hon’ble Minister of Agriculture, Uttarakhand, Shri Harak Singh Rawatji with Pujya Swamiji and other dignitaries and guests. The newly-rebuilt school will serve hundreds of children within its...

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