Morning in Varanasi: Subh-e-Varanasi
Today, just after the grand Dev Diwali celebrations, Pujya Swamiji was cordially invited to bless the special ‘Subh-e-Varanasi’ (Morning in Varanasi) programme, which begins every day at 5:30am, just before sunrise.
The programme included a special Aarti, Havan, Sangeet and Yoga on the beautiful and historic Assi Ghat.
Pujya Swamiji led the sacred havan ceremony and blessed the Puja and Aarti ceremony. As He returned back from offering prayers to Mother Ganga, He silently inspired everyone to clean up the pieces of trash and plastic which littered the ghat and the banks of the river.
After coming out of His silence, He shared that to be clean and green is truly the worship that is needed today. He continued that we ensure that our streets and our communities are clean and and that all people have access to safe and sufficient water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH). This is the true offering to the Divine. He expressed the real sunrise for the nation will be when its sacred land, rivers and earth are free from any form of pollution and waste.
Pujya Swamiji had a very fruitful meeting with the Hon’ble Mayor of Varanasi, Shri Ram Gopal Mohleji, about how Global Interfaith WASH Alliance and Ganga Action Parivar can support the great efforts of the Nagar Nigam to ensure that each ghat has adequate toilet/sanitation facilities, dustbins, a changing room for women and tree plantation, where ever possible. He inspired the pledge that by the next Dev Diwali all 84 ghats of Varanasi would be clean, green and serene, encouraging all stakeholders to come forward and do their part to make this dream a reality and to offer a light of hope to Mother Earth, our Planet and millions whose lives are directly dependent on the clean, life-giving waters of the River Ganga.