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Apr 02 2017

UNICEF India and GIWA Meet to Improve WASH For Every Child

UNICEF India and the Global Interfaith WASH Alliance held a two-day intensive planning meeting at Parmarth Niketan recently. Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji – Muniji, Co-Founder of GIWA, provided His valuable insights to the meeting. Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswati, Secretary-General of GIWA, led key aspects of the discussions. Attending were UNICEF India’s Chief of WASH, Mr Nicolas Osbert, Communication for Development Specialist, Ms Rania Elessawi, Advocacy and Communication Specialist, Ms Stephanie Raison and members of the UNICEF Bihar team, WASH Specialist, Mr Pravin More and Advocacy and Communication Specialist, Ms Nipurnh Gupta. The...

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Mar 25 2017

Indian Society for Training & Development’s 4th Eastern Regional Conference in Kolkata

Pujya Swamiji and Sadhvi Bhagawatiji addressed a group of more than 500 professional human resource managers, industry experts, academicians, and practicing management MBA students during the Indian Society for Training & Development’s (ISTD) 4th Eastern Regional Conference in Kolkata, which is part of a national institution devoted to human resource development through trainers, with international affiliations based in Geneva and Manila. The theme of the conference was on “Re-engineering Training & Development for Improving Bottom Line.” Present at the conference were Dr. Partha Chatteerjee – MIC, Government of West Bengal, Mr. MoloyGhatak...

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Mar 23 2017

Women Heroes for a Swachh Bharat Converge for World Water Day

Rishikesh—A unique World Water Day celebration brought together and honoured Sanitation Ambassadors and Heroes from nearby villages and urban slums who have worked towards making their local communities and water bodies free from open defecation and pollution. The Global Interfaith WASH Alliance (GIWA), under the inspiration and guidance of its co-founder HH Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji has been training people in slums and villages on how to lead their own communities towards a Swachhta Kranti or Clean Revolution. GIWA has been doing so through its array of courses, offered through its...

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Mar 15 2017

Sadhvi Bhagawatiji’s Divine Birthday Celebrations

Sadhvi Bhagawatiji’s divine birthday celebrations were filled with beautiful blessings from HH Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji and love from everyone at the Parmarth Niketan Ashram. Countless wishes also poured in from all around the world. Sevaks at Parmarth Niketan joined together to wish her a green birthday with a beautiful, organic and green birthday salad, fresh from Parmarth Niketan’s organic farm. The salad is a symbol of Sadhvi Bhagawatiji’s strong belief and principle of leading a life that treads lightly on the planet, mindful of reducing our carbon and water footprint,...

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AYUSH Ministry’s Two Day International Yoga Fest in Delhi

The inauguration of the two day International Yoga Festival, organised by the Morarji Desai National Institute of Yoga with the support of the Ministry of AYUSH, Government of India, was graced by HH Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji – Muniji, HH Yogrishi Baba Ramdevji, Hon’ble Urban Development Minister, Shri M Venkaiah Naiduji, Hon’ble AYUSH Minister, Shri Shripad Naikji, Dr H R Nagendraji, Chancellor SVASYA, Smt Hansa Jayadev Yogendraji, Director of The Yoga Institute and many other eminent yoga experts and yoga institutions at the Talkatora Stadium, New Delhi. During the opening ceremony,...

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Mar 02 2017

Day 2 of IYF 2017

Historic Addresses of Hon’ble Prime Minister to Yogis from 93 Nations during the International Yoga Festival at Parmarth Niketan RISHIKESH – People from almost 100 countries were held in rapt attention as Hon’ble Shri Narendra Modiji delivered a stirring address at Parmarth Niketan’s renowned annual International Yoga Festival, in cooperation with the Government of India AYUSH Ministry and Uttarakhand Tourism. Organized under the guidance and inspiration of HH Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji, President, Parmarth Niketan, the International Yoga Festival is being attended by well-over 1000 people, who are coming from across the world...

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Mar 01 2017

Day 1 of IYF 2017

People from Nearly 100 Nations, Saints, Governor and Dignitaries Converge for Inauguration of Parmarth Niketan’s Renowned International Yoga Festival The International Yoga Festival, which has already drawn over 1,000 people from nearly 100 countries, was inaugurated today by Uttarakhand Governor, Dr. Krishna Kant Paul at a ceremony that included congratulatory statements from HE the President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee, as well as the participation of numerous renowned faith leaders, dignitaries and yogacharyas. The annual world famous International Yoga Festival at Parmarth Niketan offers daily classes from 4:00 am until 9:30 pm...

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Feb 17 2017

Sanitation Conference in Assam Begins with Interfaith Pledge

Renowned faith leaders of the Global Interfaith WASH Alliance (GIWA) inaugurated the two day Assam Sanitation Conference in Khanapara Field, Guwahati with the Hon’ble Chief Minister, Shri Sarbananda Sonowallji and Hon’ble Minister of State Drinking Water & Sanitation Shri Ramesh Jigajinagiji along with many other ministers, secretaries and eminent representatives of UNICEF India. The GIWA India delegation was led by its Founder HH Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji and included prominent and revered interfaith leaders including HH Jagadguru Shankaracharya Swami Divyanand Teerthji, HH Maulana Mahmood Ahmed Madaniji, HH Venerable Lama Lobzangji, HH...

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Feb 08 2017

GIWA at KAICIID’s Second Meeting of the Advisory Forum

High-Level faith leaders from across the world were inspired today towards promoting interfaith reconciliation by joining forces against a “new common enemy.” The meetings, held by the King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz International Centre for Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue (KAICIID), under the leadership of Faisal Bin Muaammar, Secretary-General, KAICIID, brought together foremost leaders from the Muslim, Hindu, Christian, Jewish, Buddhist, Sikh, Jain, and other faiths under a common banner for the promotion of peace and reconciliation in these trying times. Featured prominently as a speaker was HH Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji (Pujya...

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Jan 19 2017

US Ambassador to India Hosts Special Dinner for Richard Gere

Pujya Swamiji and Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswati graced a special dinner hosted by Hon'ble US Ambassador to India Mr Richard Verma for the famous Hollywood Actor Mr Richard Gere. Richard Gere, who was also in Bodh Gaya when the Global Interfaith WASH Alliance's leaders visited His Holiness the Dalai Lama to present him with a preview of the WASH in Buddhism book, was very happy to meet Pujya Swamiji and Sadhvi Bhagawatiji again. They spoke about the critical need for improved WASH for all and the incredible work being done by GIWA,...

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