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Oct 31 2016

Diwali Celebrations Brings Light and Love to All

Divine Diwali celebrations at Parmarth Niketan, with the blessings of HH Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji, brought together people from all across the world and around India. Pujya Swamiji and Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswatiji's inspiring words encouraged people from all walks of life to reflect on the deeper meaning and purpose of this beautiful festival of lights. Pujya Swamiji shared how the Indian spiritual culture believed that everyday should be an ustav (a celebration) and explained that the root of the word utsav (uts) meant roots. He shared that these celebrations were opportunities...

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Oct 27 2016

Launch of WaterSchool on the Ganga Himalayas

The Global Interfaith WASH Alliance is so pleased to announce the launch of the first WaterSchool Programme in the Ganga-Himalayas. To be implemented by GIWA, in partnership with Swarovski, WaterSchool will teach children across this environmentally-vital area how to love and protect their water resources as caring stewards. The programme was launched here on the banks of the River Ganga with the vision, leadership and blessing of Pujya Swamiji, President of Parmarth Niketan (Rishikesh), Co-Founder of the Global Interfaith WASH Alliance and Founder of Ganga Action Parivar, in the graceful presence...

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Oct 18 2016

Serving Mayakund Slum Children

Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswatiji graced and inspired hundreds of children at the Mayakund slum during a free health and hygiene camp, where children were given health examinations, received Vitamin A and albendazole. She emphasized that vaccinations and sanitation must go hand in hand. Sadhvi Bhagawatiji shared, “Health does not only come from these pills or drops. Health comes from how you live, every day. The way we treat each other and our nearby environment is all ways to measure our health.” She encouraged GIWA and DSF volunteers to continue once a month...

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Oct 15 2016

Global Handwashing Day Celebrated

On Global Handwashing Day, we celebrate the power of washing our hands with soap to prevent diarrheoa, pneumonia and other waterborne illnesses, which take so many innocent lives every day. Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji, Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswati, Bharat Mitra, President-Founder of Organic India, and many others visited Prakash Bharati (one of DSF’s schools) to inspire children to pledge to be Sanitation Ambassadors and encourage their communities and families to wash their hands with soap. [srizonfbalbum id=143]...

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Oct 09 2016

The 2nd Annual International Yoga Festival in Jageshwar

The second annual, three day Jageshwar International Yoga Festival, jointly organized by the Government of Uttarakhand, Kumaon Mandal Vikas Nigam (KMVN) and Parmarth Niketan (Rishikesh), took place from the 5-7th October. Parmarth Niketan Ashram is well known for hosting the world famous annual International Yoga Festival at Rishikesh, from March 1-7 each year, attracting more than a thousand Yogis from across India and across the world, which will now be in its 29th year. Jointly organized with the Uttarakhand Tourism Development Board, Government of Uttarakhand, and GMVN it was decided that...

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Sep 25 2016

The Resurgence Trust 50th Anniversary Event in Oxford

Sadhvi Bhagawatiji was warmly invited to The Resurgence Trust 50th Anniversary Event, in honor of 50 years of Resurgence & Ecologist magazine by Satish Kumar at Oxford University and was asked to speak in a panel organized by Uplift Connect with Bruce H. Lipton, Ph.D, Prince Ea, Bharat Mitra, Chip Richards, Cathy Burke and Satish Kumar, head of Schumacher College and of Resurgence Magazine. This event in celebration of Resurgence’s 50th year featured an inspiring array of speakers, thinkers, artists, activists and pioneers.  For the last 50 years, Resurgence has been...

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Sep 20 2016

United Nations Events in New York

United Nations Events in New York In New York, Sadhvi Bhagawatiji took part in two events organized by the United Nations.  In the morning was an Interfaith Prayer Breakfast hosted by UNAIDS, World Council of Churches, The U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and United Nations Inter-agency Task force where Sadhviji gave the blessing of sharing Vedic prayers and mantras for health, peace and illumination. In the afternoon, Sadhvi Bhagawatiji spoke on a panel moderated by Azza Karam, Senior Advisor to UNFPA and head of the UN Inter-Agency Task Force...

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Sep 05 2016

Teacher’s Day & Ganesh Chaturthi Celebrated

A special Teacher’s Day/Ganesh Chaturthi programme took place bringing together three Divine Shakti Foundation sponsored schools in Rishikesh and surrounding areas at one big event in the Government Junior School Rishikesh. Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswatii graced the occasion, inspired the children by sharing the example of Hon’ble Former President of India, Dr S Radhakrishnanji, in whose honour India celebrate’s Teacher’s Day, and encouraged everyone to be of selfless service to the nation that they too would be leaders whose birthday’s could be national holidays, celebrated nationwide with great honour and respect. The children...

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Aug 30 2016

March for Peace and WASH in Ladakh

Providing Facilities to Nuns and Girls in Ladakh During the Worship for WASH Summit in Ladakh, DSF’s President visited the Mahabodhi International Meditation Centre with interfaith leaders and the Hon’ble Science & Technology Minister, Dr. Harsh Vardhanji to inaugurate a special Interfaith Peace Garden and ceremoniously perform the ground breaking of a toilet structure near the centre’s Meditation Hall, which previously lacked access to nearby sanitation facilities. At the ground-breaking, Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji said,“This toilet structure symbolizes the union of Meditation and Sanitation, which is the need of the hour. No...

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Aug 30 2016

Conclusion of the 2-day GIWA-UNICEF Summit in Leh-Ladakh

The second day of the Global Interfaith WASH Alliance (GIWA)- UNICEF Worship for WASH (Sarva Dharma Swachhta Evam Sadbhavna Sankalp) Summit concluded with a historic pledge and water blessing ceremony on the banks of the Sindhu River, at the Sindhu Darshan Ghat,in Leh-Ladakh. GIWA’s leaders representing India’s diverse faith traditions gathered together to offer the water of the Indus River onto the globe as a symbol and a prayer that all of humanity should have access to safe and sufficient water, sanitation and hygiene. Hon’ble Dr. Harsh Vardhanji, Minister of Science...

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