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Jun 21 2015

Green International Yoga Day Celebrations at Parmarth Niketan

A beautiful celebration of the International Yoga Day took place on the banks of Mother Ganga, in the lap of the Himalayas in the birthplace of Yoga, in the sacred city of Rishikesh at Parmarth Niketan, with the blessing, vision and leadership of Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji (Pujya Swamiji) and Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswatiji(Sadhviji). The grand Yoga gathering, which took place in the holy presence and with the blessings and inspiration of Pujya Swamiji, brought hundreds of pilgrims together and started with a large Yoga class, which included the International Yoga Day...

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Jun 20 2015

Commemorating Int’l Yoga Day With the Maharishi Institute of Creative Intelligence

On the eve of International Yoga Day, Sadhvi Bhagawatiji spoke at an event commemorating the historic day of the Maharishi Institute of Creative Intelligence at FICCI Headquarts in Delhi.  Among dignitaries present at the event was Hon'ble Union Home Minister Shri Rajnath Singh, who delivered an eloquent, heart-felt talk. During the event, a fascinating discussion was also held regarding the life of HH Pujya Maharishi Mahesh Yogiji, the power of meditation, and the Maharishi Institute's 600 scientific research studies, which have been documented in seven volumes....

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Jun 05 2015

Visit to Rural Village in Rudraprayag, Uttarakhand

Pujya Swamiji and Sadhviji visited a small village by the name of Jyuri (block Agyustamuni, district Rudraprayag), high in the mountains from Rudraprayag which is a typical, exquisite yet impoverished mountain village with Hon'ble MLA Kedarnath, Shaila Rani Ravatji. Medicinal herbs, roots, fruit and vegetables grew plentifully and organically. They poured their hearts out to Pujya Swamiji and Sadhvi Bhagawatiji about their challenges and concerns as well as the great, great need for proper education as well as access to higher education in their communities. Pujya Swamiji and Sadhviji, deeply touched and...

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Jun 05 2015

Rambara Smriti Van Plantation

Pujya Swamiji and Sadhvi Bhagawatiji visited the massive Rambara landslide location during their recent yatra to Kedarnath, where an entire town and large chunk of mountainside was completely wiped out, with Hon'ble Minister of Agriculture, Dr. Harak Singh Rawatji and District Magistrate of Rudraprayag, Dr.Raghav Langar. The International Memorial Garden (Smriti Van) will have indigenous and sacred trees planted in memory of the departed souls from the tragic 2013 floods in Uttarakhand was also performed. It will also be developed as an eco-tourism location where people can be with Nature as...

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Jun 04 2015

Agustyamuni Village Training Centre

On route back to Rudraprayag-Sangam, during their recent yatra to Kedarnath, Pujya Swamiji and Sadhviji were invited by Smt Shaila Rani Rawatji to visit a newly opened training and employment centre in Agustyamuni, Rudraprayag. Upon seeing the centre and meeting the women, they planned to scale up and standardize the services to meet international standards as well as improve the training with the help and support of Bharat Mitra and his Organic India team playing a major part in training and development of the centre. To learn more, visit us at: <a...

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Jun 01 2015

Visit to DSF’s Triyuginarayan Livelihood Centre

A visit to the newly constructed livelihoods centre was the next stop in Pujya Swamiji’s yatra to Kedarnath where He met and spent time with the beneficiaries. Several of the women, who had lost their husbands in the floods, were so glad to get a sense of purpose and meaning in their lives- as Pujya Swamiji said, that along with weaving sweaters, shawls and many other garments they were also weaving their lives with hope and healing. Plans for a grand inauguration of the centre as well as a resilient...

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May 31 2015

Inauguration of Divine Shakti Foundation’s New Brightland School

Brightland International School, which was completely destroyed in the floods of 2013, has been rebuilt by Divine Shakti Foundation and Parmarth Niketan, Rishikesh, led, guided, blessed and inspired by Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji. The new, eco-friendly campus was inaugurated on the 31st May by Hon’ble Chief Minister of Uttarakhand, Shri Harish Rawatji, Hon’ble Minister of Drinking Water and Education, Uttarakhand, Shri Mantri Prasad Naithaniji, Hon’ble Minister of Agriculture, Uttarakhand, Shri Harak Singh Rawatji with Pujya Swamiji and other dignitaries and guests. The newly-rebuilt school will serve hundreds of children within its...

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May 18 2015

Reception with GIWA and other water and sanitation partners

HH Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji, Co-Chair of the Global Interfaith WASH Alliance (GIWA), and Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswatiji, Secretary General of GIWA, as well as many other respected faith, business and NGO leaders, including esteemed representatives of UNICEF, participated in a reception hosted by U.S. Ambassador to India, Richard Verma, at his official residence within the US Embassy this Tuesday. The event explored potential areas for collaboration between GIWA and USAID to support the Government of India’s (GOI) Swachh Bharat (Clean India) Mission, with a special focus on behavior change to...

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Apr 12 2015

Pujya Swamiji and Sadhvi Bhagawatiji Meet with President of South Africa, Mr. Jacob Zuma

GIWA Co-Founder, Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswati and Secretary General, Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswati met South Africa's President, His Excellency, Mr. Jacob Zuma, at a private meeting yesterday, at the Johannesburg home of Shri Ajay Guptaji. During the meeting, they discussed the mission of GIWA and the importance of WASH for everyone, everywhere. The meeting ended on a warm note, with the President's pledge to arrange for meetings with his Cabinet ministers upon their return to South Africa....

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Apr 09 2015

Pujya Swamiji and Sadhvi Bhagawatiji Meets with Union Minister for Human Resource Development, Smt. Smriti Irani

Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji and Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswati met with Union Minister of Human Resource Development, Smt. Smriti Iraniji in Delhi. Together they discussed a number of projects, including the inauguration of the Brightland International School in Chandrapuri, Rudraprayag, a school that had been washed away completely in the floods and rebuilt by Divine Shakti Foundation and Ganga Action Parivar in a new location for 200 schoolchildren, as well as 11 other school projects being undertaken. They also discussed the “green” activities and efforts that are being done undertaken, such as...

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