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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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Jun 08 2014

Ganga Dusshera: Celebrating Mother Ganga

On the occasion of Ganga Dusshera, a glorious day of celebration of the day in which Goddess Ganga came onto this Earth in the form of a sacred river to liberate the souls of the sons of King Sagara (and therefore all of us….), we had a beautiful Ganga Dusshera puja with the chanting of stotras, prayers and hymns for Mother Ganga who gives and gives and gives with no hesitation, no discrimination, no vacation and no expectation! During the aarti, Pujya Swamiji and Sadhvi Bhagawatiji gave inspiring messages of...

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Jun 05 2014

World Environment Day

People from Rishikesh and Around the World Come Together for a Cleaner, Greener Tomorrow On World Environmental Day, under Pujya Swamiji’s leadership, Ganga Action Parivar volunteers came together with the local children and adults from the Kali Ki Dhal Village in Rishikesh to help clean up the local Rambha River. The day was a huge success, with over 50 community members joining together to volunteer both their time and green thumbs for the day. Everyone was full of enthusiasm and dedication to their “green pledge,” and as a result a total of...

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Jun 02 2014

Green Birthday for a Green Guru

Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji, President of Parmarth Niketan, Founder of Ganga Action Parivar, Divine Shakti Foundation and Co-Founder of Global Interfaith WASH Alliance, inspires and guides so many all over the world to serve for the welfare of humanity and the environment. It was His divine message of ‘Giving is Living and Living is Giving’ that has has brought not only the teachings but the divine touch and transformation from the banks of Mother Ganga into people’s everyday lives. He continues to illustrate that by serving to make our environment clean,...

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Boomerang Theory

This article was published on The Speaking Tree, here. The Gita’s messages are just as applicable in the boardroom as in the battlefield, says SWAMI CHIDANAND SARASWATI In the Bhagwad Gita, Krishna tells Arjuna to perform his duties without any attachment to the fruits of his labour. How can one put this advice into practice if one has to perform worldly tasks and not expect any returns? But this piece of advice is so divine and universal that it can apply to every situation in life — worldly and transcendent. The Gita’s...

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May 10 2014

Mother’s Day Celebration

Mother’s Day Celebration Dedicated to Shakti for Shakti and Shakti for Prakriti A very special Mother’s Day was celebrated today at Parmarth Niketan, Rishikesh (Himalayas). Nearly twenty five members of the Rescue Foundation, including twenty young girls, came from Mumbai to seek the blessings of HH Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji, President of Parmarth Niketan, Founder of Divine Shakti Foundation and Ganga Action Parivar, and to be on the holy banks of Mother Ganga. The Rescue Foundation is a non-profit, registered NGO working for the rescue, rehabilitation and repatriation of victims of human...

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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 18 2014

Hanuman Jayanti – Single-Minded Devotion

Dear Divine Souls, I hope that – by God’s grace – this finds you and all your loved ones in the best of health and happiness at this beautiful time of Hanuman Jayanti, the birthday of Lord Shri Hanuman. The celebration of Hanuman Jayanti 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 perfect devotee. Hanumanji was the son of the God of wind. History of Sri Hanuman and Hanuman Jayanti In the Heavenly, Divine Realms,...

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Apr 08 2014

Inauguration of Spinal Injury and Physiotherapy Centre

World Health Day was celebrated in a very special way at Parmarth Niketan with the inauguration Uttarakhand’s first ever holistic Spinal Injury and Physiotherapy Centre in Rishikesh. The vision to start such a centre took place a few weeks ago when renowned Spine Surgeon and Past President of the Association of Spine Surgeons of India, Dr. Shekar Bhojraj from Mumbai, his wife, Dr. Shilpa Bhojraj and their team came for a trek to the Himalayas. On their trip they were inspired by the various service projects taking place under H.H....

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Apr 01 2014

Meeting with Japan’s Prime Minister, H.E. Shinzō Abe

Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji, met with Hon’ble Prime Minister of Japan, H.E. Shinzo Abe, recently. They discussed ways in which Japan and India could collaborate to exchange and share ideas and innovative solutions between both countries, especially in regards to WASH and the protection of crucial aquifers, such as the Ganga and Yamuna Rivers. During the meeting, His Excellency, the Hon’ble Prime Minister was presented with water from the Ganga River, the life-line for some 500 million people, which is also one of the most threatened rivers in the world. He...

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