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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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Mar 15 2014

Holi Celebrations: Local Culture Connects to Global Community

The divine colours and festivities of Holi filled the air at Parmarth Niketan, Rishikesh (Himalayas). For the special occasion, the Kumaon Cultural Club of Uttarakhand came to Parmarth to celebrate Holi with all of the visitors, yatris and yoga students at Parmarth Niketan, who have come from so many countries from across the world. They filled the air with traditional singing and dancing in which the Indians and the foreigners reveled and played. With the blessings of H.H. Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji, President of Parmarth Niketan, Founder of Ganga Action Parivar...

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Mar 01 2014

Day 1: Tourism Minister Inaugurates the IYF 2014

The first day of the 15th annual world famous International Yoga Festival at Parmarth Niketan ashram started from 4:00 am until 9:30 pm with more than 50 yogacharyas, presenters and experts from more than 15 countries around the world. Kundalini Yoga, Iyengar Yoga, Bharat Yoga, Deep Yoga, Shintoh Yoga and Somatics Yoga are just a few of the more than 60 different offerings throughout the week. There are also classes in meditation, mudras, reiki, Indian spices and much more. Further, spiritual discourses are being held by revered spiritual leaders from...

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Feb 18 2014

Maha Shivratri Celebrations at Parmarth Niketan

Pujya Swamiji blessed and led a very special Maha Shivratri celebration at Parmarth Niketan in which people from over 15 countries, including America, England, Denmark, Canada, Brazil, Indonesia, New Zealand, Russia and so many others, joined together with people from all over the India- in the spirit of Vashudhaiva Kutumbakam-- as one family. The special month long Kundalini Yoga group being held at Parmarth Niketan, headed and inspired by Gurmukh Kaur Khalsaji and Gurshabd Singh Khalsaji, also joined in the divine ceremonies. The celebrations included divine Ganga Aarti, sacred Rudra Abhishek,...

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