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Oct 15 2016

Global Handwashing Day Celebrated

On Global Handwashing Day, we celebrate the power of washing our hands with soap to prevent diarrheoa, pneumonia and other waterborne illnesses, which take so many innocent lives every day. Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji, Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswati, Bharat Mitra, President-Founder of Organic India, and many others visited Prakash Bharati (one of DSF’s schools) to inspire children to pledge to be Sanitation Ambassadors and encourage their communities and families to wash their hands with soap. [srizonfbalbum id=143]...

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Oct 09 2016

The 2nd Annual International Yoga Festival in Jageshwar

The second annual, three day Jageshwar International Yoga Festival, jointly organized by the Government of Uttarakhand, Kumaon Mandal Vikas Nigam (KMVN) and Parmarth Niketan (Rishikesh), took place from the 5-7th October. Parmarth Niketan Ashram is well known for hosting the world famous annual International Yoga Festival at Rishikesh, from March 1-7 each year, attracting more than a thousand Yogis from across India and across the world, which will now be in its 29th year. Jointly organized with the Uttarakhand Tourism Development Board, Government of Uttarakhand, and GMVN it was decided that...

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Sep 25 2016

The Resurgence Trust 50th Anniversary Event in Oxford

Sadhvi Bhagawatiji was warmly invited to The Resurgence Trust 50th Anniversary Event, in honor of 50 years of Resurgence & Ecologist magazine by Satish Kumar at Oxford University and was asked to speak in a panel organized by Uplift Connect with Bruce H. Lipton, Ph.D, Prince Ea, Bharat Mitra, Chip Richards, Cathy Burke and Satish Kumar, head of Schumacher College and of Resurgence Magazine. This event in celebration of Resurgence’s 50th year featured an inspiring array of speakers, thinkers, artists, activists and pioneers.  For the last 50 years, Resurgence has been...

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Sep 20 2016

United Nations Events in New York

United Nations Events in New York In New York, Sadhvi Bhagawatiji took part in two events organized by the United Nations.  In the morning was an Interfaith Prayer Breakfast hosted by UNAIDS, World Council of Churches, The U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and United Nations Inter-agency Task force where Sadhviji gave the blessing of sharing Vedic prayers and mantras for health, peace and illumination. In the afternoon, Sadhvi Bhagawatiji spoke on a panel moderated by Azza Karam, Senior Advisor to UNFPA and head of the UN Inter-Agency Task Force...

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Sep 05 2016

Teacher’s Day & Ganesh Chaturthi Celebrated

A special Teacher’s Day/Ganesh Chaturthi programme took place bringing together three Divine Shakti Foundation sponsored schools in Rishikesh and surrounding areas at one big event in the Government Junior School Rishikesh. Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswatii graced the occasion, inspired the children by sharing the example of Hon’ble Former President of India, Dr S Radhakrishnanji, in whose honour India celebrate’s Teacher’s Day, and encouraged everyone to be of selfless service to the nation that they too would be leaders whose birthday’s could be national holidays, celebrated nationwide with great honour and respect. The children...

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Aug 30 2016

March for Peace and WASH in Ladakh

Providing Facilities to Nuns and Girls in Ladakh During the Worship for WASH Summit in Ladakh, DSF’s President visited the Mahabodhi International Meditation Centre with interfaith leaders and the Hon’ble Science & Technology Minister, Dr. Harsh Vardhanji to inaugurate a special Interfaith Peace Garden and ceremoniously perform the ground breaking of a toilet structure near the centre’s Meditation Hall, which previously lacked access to nearby sanitation facilities. At the ground-breaking, Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji said,“This toilet structure symbolizes the union of Meditation and Sanitation, which is the need of the hour. No...

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Aug 30 2016

Conclusion of the 2-day GIWA-UNICEF Summit in Leh-Ladakh

The second day of the Global Interfaith WASH Alliance (GIWA)- UNICEF Worship for WASH (Sarva Dharma Swachhta Evam Sadbhavna Sankalp) Summit concluded with a historic pledge and water blessing ceremony on the banks of the Sindhu River, at the Sindhu Darshan Ghat,in Leh-Ladakh. GIWA’s leaders representing India’s diverse faith traditions gathered together to offer the water of the Indus River onto the globe as a symbol and a prayer that all of humanity should have access to safe and sufficient water, sanitation and hygiene. Hon’ble Dr. Harsh Vardhanji, Minister of Science...

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Aug 29 2016

“Worship for WASH” GIWA-UNICEF Ladakh Summit

The Global Interfaith WASH Alliance (GIWA) India, in association with UNICEF India, held a two-day Summit in Ladakh. The “Worship for WASH” GIWA-UNICEF Ladakh Summit initiated a dialogue on critical issues of WASH (Water, Sanitation and Health), specifically in the Ladakh region. The Summit discussed the inter-linkage of multiple issues of inequity, lack of access and other related issues in the region, with special focus on minority populations. Speaking at the summit, the convener of the programme, Founder of GIWA India and the President of Parmarth Niketan, Rishikesh, Pujya Swami...

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Aug 18 2016

International Green Raksha Bandhan Celebrations

The first ever International Green Raksha Bandhan was held at Talkatora Stadium, Delhi. It was conceived and led by Mananiya Indresh Kumarji, National Executive Member of RSS, and HH Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji. The theme of the celebration was World Peace & Preservation and Protection of the Environment, organized jointly by DSF and FANS. More than 100 groups with participants from more than 40 countries participated. Pujya Swamiji said “There can be no protection of our sisters, our mothers and our daughters without simultaneously ensuring that they have adequate, safe and...

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Jul 26 2016

Pujya Swamiji and Sadhvi Bhagawatiji at the Grace Cathedral

Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji and Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswatiji led a beautiful program at the Grace Cathedral, San Francisco. The program began with meditation, chanting and pledges of oneness and unity in the Cathedral hall with Yoga on the Labyrinth, and then led into a longer, in depth panel on Living with Grace in our lives. The panel was also graced by the presence of the Dean of Grace Cathedral Rev. Malcolm Young and moderated by renowned yoga teacher Darren Main. Shri R. Venkatramana, Deputy Consular of India to United States for...

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