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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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Feb 14 2014

Fruit Distribution – Happy Valentine’s Day

Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswatiji and sevaks visited a newly-adopted school on Valentine's Day to distribute fruit to the beautiful schoolchildren. Everyone got apples AND oranges but most of them didn't realize they were getting both and would take one and then start to walk away. We had to call them back to take the other fruit! We did a show of hands for what they want to be when they grow up. The vast majority want to be doctors, another good sized batch wants to be teachers and also lots of future...

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Jan 27 2014

Global Citizens’ Forum

Earlier this month, the Global Citizen Forum event took place in New Delhi at the prestigious Ashoka Hotel. Pujya Swamiji has blessed the initiative from its inception in January 2013 when the Spice Group's Chairman, Dr BK Modi, a successful businessman and a philanthropist, launched it. A special Global Citizen's Forum event titled ‘Innovation in Spirituality’ was held at Ganga Action Parivar’s camp, led by Pujya Swamiji, during the Allahabad Kumbha Mela 2013. The mission of the Global Citizen's Forum is to promote inclusive development and international collaboration. The vision for...

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Jan 14 2014

PEOPLE’S SAARC: Inter-Faith Meet for Peace, Harmony and Solidarity in South Asia

The “PEOPLE’S SAARC: Inter-Faith Meet for Peace, Harmony and Solidarity in South Asia”, was held in Mumbai last week. It was jointly organised by the Observer Research Foundation Mumbai and Minhaj-ul-Quran International (India). About 10 leaders of different religions were called to guide the foundation of the People’s SAARC. Joining via live video link from Toronto, Shaykh-ul-Islam Dr. Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri gave a beautiful speech in which he called upon both Pakistanis and Indians to inaugurate a new chapter of mutual goodwill, friendship and cooperation in their relationship. All the outstanding problems...

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