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Dec 29 2018

The Harmony Festival

The Harmony Festival, celebrating 100 years of The Yoga Institute​*, was inaugurated in a beautiful event at the MMRDA Grounds, BKC in Mumbai yesterday by the Hon'ble President of India Shri Ram Nath Kovindji, Hon'ble Governor of Maharashtra Shri Vidyasagar Raoji, Hon'ble Chief Minister of Maharashtra Shri Devendra Fadnavis​, Hon'ble Union Minister of AYUSH Shri Shripad Naikji, Hon'ble Mayor of Mumbai Shri Vishwanath Mahadeshwar, Director of TYI Dr Hansaji J Yogendra, Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji - Muniji​, Gaur Gopal Dasji, Padma Shri Swami Bharat Bhushanji, Acharya Dr Lokesh Muniji and...

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Dec 27 2018

Sadhvi Bhagawatiji Awarded Int’l Environmental Award

An International Environmental Summit was held in Delhi at the Ashoka Hotel, organized by Sparsh Ganga Abhiyaan, Namami Gange and the Ministry of Environment during which Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswatiji was given an award as champion of environmental protection and preservation for her work as Secretary-General of the Global Interfaith WASH Alliance. Hon’ble Water Resources and Ganga Rejuvenation Minister Shri Nitin Gadkari, Hon’ble Minister of Culture Dr Mahesh Sharmaji graced the occasion which was blessed by the august presence of Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji, President of Parmarth Niketan (Rishikesh) & Founder of...

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Dec 25 2018

Tis Always the Season of Giving at Parmarth

At Parmarth the Holiday Season was celebrated with great spirit of giving back. There were special bhandaras (large free feasts for all), havans (sacred yagna purification ceremonies), divine Ganga Aarti, inspiring blessings, satsang, blanket distribution, fruit distribution and more during the last few days. These are daily occurrences at this Himalayan abode, which seemed especially special and meaningful in the context of the holiday season, as pilgrims and devotees came with their families and loved ones to be on the banks of Mother Ganga and experienced first hand the joy of...

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Dec 17 2018

Clean Up in Swargashram, Rishikesh

A special morning clean up took place in Rishikesh as Parmarth Rishikumars joined volunteers from around the world and volunteers of Parmarth Niketan to clean up the Rishikesh Swargashram Region. They were inspired and motivated by Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji - Muniji​'s divine example and at His call the newly elected Nagar Palika Adhaksh Shri Madhav Agarwalji also joined with his team. The clean up raised local awareness on the need and the urgency of keeping our localities clean and green for all. It also engaged and inspired youth to be the...

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Dec 16 2018

Interfaith Leaders Training Completion

A two day Inter-religious Summit dedicated to the theme of "Fostering Peaceful & Diverse Societies" concluded at Parmarth Niketan​, jointly organised by the Global Interfaith WASH Alliance​ and KAICIID​, giving way to a special two-day Youth Leader Workshop and Training at Parmarth Niketan from 9-10th December, during which young faith leaders and youth from faith-based organisations and intergovernmental organisations were trained to be champions of peaceful and inclusive societies. Youth leaders from more than 12 countries, belonging to diverse faith traditions and organisations were trained with interactive, engaging and fun activities...

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Dec 10 2018

Muslims, Hindus Unite at International Summit in Rishikesh

Show of Unity in advance of Mahatma Gandhi’s 150th Birthday Anniversary Two Day Inter-religious Summit & Two Day Training inaugurated at Parmarth Niketan (Rishikesh), with the joint collaboration of KAICIID​, the Global Interfaith WASH Alliance​ & Parmarth Niketan​ RISHIKESH: Prominent Hindu and Muslim leaders and youth joined forces at Parmarth Niketan (Rishikesh) in a first ever, historic event on strengthening interreligious collaboration of Hindu and Muslim leaders and youth. The historic event was organized by KAICIID the International Dialogue Centre (KAICIID), Vienna, the Global Interfaith WASH Alliance (GIWA) and Parmarth Niketan as...

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Nov 20 2018

United Nations Alliance of Civilizations Global Summit

Sadhviji speaks at United Nations Alliance of Civilizations Global Summit UN Address Calls for Upliftment of Women and Girls, New Directions for Religion and Preservation of Water New York: Global Interfaith WASH Alliance Secretary-General, Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswatiji, addressed the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations Global Summit at UN World Headquarters during the historic Summit on the 19-20 November. Her speeches, delivered before an audience from across the world, focused on the crucial importance of women’s leadership and sustainable development in a time of increasing global strife and insecurity as well as the...

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Nov 15 2018

Making Friends Across Religions – Leaders Testimony and Counsel

A special series of panels entitled “Making Friends Across Religions – Leaders Testimony and Counsel’ were held throughout the Parliament of the World's Religions​. These discussions required each Presenter to share a story of a friendship across religions and offer practical advice for practising friendships between peoples of different faiths. Discussions also were followed by a brief interaction between the presenters and the audience. The eminient panelists included Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji​, President of Parmarth Niketan, Co-Founder of Global Interfaith WASH Alliance​, Rabbi David Rosen​, International Director of Interreligious Affairs of...

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Nov 15 2018

Forgiveness and Reconciliation at the Parliament

A Seminar on Forgiveness and Reconciliation: Perspectives from the World’s Religions, hosted by the Charter for Forgiveness project, took place on 2 November 2018 and was very well attended. Participants listened to the highly informative and inspiring presentations of the world class speakers on the panel including: Bhai Sahib Bhai Mohinder Singh (Sikh), Rabbi David Rosen​ (Jewish), Prof Mohammed Abu-Nimer (Muslim) and Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswati (Hindu) spoke with great passion about forgiveness and reconciliation in the context of their respective faith traditions. The panel was moderated by Dr Josef Boehle,...

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Nov 14 2018

Women and Leadership in the World of Interfaith

Are Our Stained Glass Ceilings Cracking Yet? Women and Leadership in the World of Interfaith Women play vital roles in development and peace-building. As governmental, non-governmental and faith-based organizations commit to Sustainable Development Goals, the importance of engaging women is obvious. Yet despite intellectual and theoretical agreement, glass ceilings are not breaking quickly and completely enough — in particular in religious leadership. Faith activists, leaders and faith inspired organizations have irreplaceable roles to play in achieving the SDGs’ vision. And yet, when world religious bodies and multilateral organizations invite religious leadership,...

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