International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day is celebrated around the world to shine light on the beauty and power of the Divine Shakti. Because women’s empowerment and upliftment is so central to Param Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji’s and Pujya Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswatiji’s teachings and global outreach efforts, the day takes on a heightened significance at Parmarth Niketan, with special ceremonies and celebrations throughout the day to honour women.

Beginning with the Sacred Morning Yagya puja, and ending with the renowned Ganga Aarti and a special Shakti-focused award ceremony along the holy banks of Mother Ganga that evening – and, including a beautiful day-long series of workshops, presentations and displays focusing on the collaborative educational and vocational training programs of the UNFPA and the Global Interfaith WASH Alliance that showcase NariShakit (Women Power) and Yuva Shakti (Youth Power) – all eyes and hearts were centered on the Divine Feminine.

Said Pujya Swamiji, the Founder of the Divine Shakti Foundation, “It is time for women to rise and shine. Its time for them to be and do the change they want to see in the world. Its time for women to re-vision and co-create a future in which they are revered, respected and celebrated for all that they contribute to and sustain in our world- whether as full-time professionals, housewives and/or entrepreneurs, they need to be empowered, given access to education and resources to allow them to be active agents of change in their societies.

“International Women’s Day is the perfect day to take the time to worship – not just the murti in the mandir – but every woman in your life, whether your mother, your sister, your daughter, your wife…and, to worship and celebrate the Divine Feminine in all of God’s Creation!”

And, Pujya Sadhviji, the President of DSF, shared that “Empowerment is not about giving power to women, but about creating the space in which women can experience & express the divine power which is already within them & to remove all the blocks to the manifestation of that power.

“Let every day be women’s day – let every moment be one that we respect and honour the divine feminine. The Indian spiritual culture teaches us to not just respect but to revere women. At the same time in many places across India, we must reflect upon why these values are not visible in our communities. Whether its child marriage or lack of menstrual hygiene management its time that women are empowered to encourage the nation to progress and prosper.”

And, on this International Women’s Day, The Economic Times of India asked a few women leaders in India to write about a woman who had deeply-inspired and shaped their lives and their leadership. For Sadhviji Bhagawati Saraswatiji, that woman is Dr. Jane Goodall, and what Sadhviji wrote is a beautiful homage to a divine woman who has informed and inspired her life and her life’s work. Enjoy that article here:

And, Aaj Tak, one of India’s most-popular TV channels, featured Sadhviji in its International Women’s Day coverage, as well. Go to to enjoy their reporting.

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