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Feb 03 2013

Sangam Aarti

On February 3rd, Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji led a special Ganga Aarti ceremony, graced by the presence of Pujya Swami Ramdevji and many revered saints and spiritual leaders of Hinduism, Islam, Sikhism, Jainism and Christianity as well as distinguished guests and dignitaries. The Aarti delivered the great message of unity of the leaders of the world’s religions in the importance of protecting our national environment and particularly the sacred and lifegiving waters of Mother Ganga. As the revered saints waved the brightly burning aarti lamps, it brought a message of light...

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Jan 26 2013

Republic Day Environmental Parade

More than a thousand people – from across India and around the world – marched together to celebrate India’s Republic Day on January 26th on the banks of the Sangam, as part of an environmental parade to call for India’s independence from pollution and to pay homage to the war heroes, who have faithfully served India’s past. Led by Puyja Swamiji, participants from of all castes, creeds and cultures came together to call for an Indian “Clean Revolution.” The parade-goers, hailing from more than 54 countries, as well as students from...

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Jan 24 2013

National Day of the Girl Child

As a divine start to the Divine Shakti Festival, the National Day of the Girl Child on January 24th with a unique ceremony in which 60 daughters of fishermen were worshiped by the Parmarth Rishikumars as goddesses led by Pujya Swamiji. The purpose of the ceremony was to shed light on India’s girl children as worthy of respect and reverence. Pujya Swamji spoke about how girls represent the past, present, and future of Mother India, and that for India to grow and thrive, they must be allowed to grow and thrive....

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Jan 20 2013

Green Kumbh Utsav

On January 20th, Ganga Action Parivar organized a special procession of 5,000 school children from thirty Allahabad-area schools, to inspire them in solidarity and support for saving the Ganga and Yamuna Rivers. The students paraded through the grounds of the Kumbh Mela, singing songs and carrying hand-made signs, some of which stated, “Ganga’s Rights are Our Rights”, finishing their march at the Ganga Action Parivar camp. His Excellency Uttar Pradesh Governor, Shri B. L. Joshiji was guest of honor at the event, whom Pujya Swamiji named our “Green Governor.” The program...

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Jan 19 2013

Green Pilgrimage Conference

On 19th January, His Excellency, Uttarakhand Governor, Dr. Aziz Qureshiji, Pujya Swamiji, distinguished Mayors and Government officials met to discuss ways to make the pathways of pilgrims as clean as the temple they pray in. In bringing together lauded officials from across India, this conference will enable the sharing of information and ideas about how India’s cities and pilgrimage places can become cleaner and greener. “If every mayor gives one solution, imagine, you’ll have 20 solutions. And when you go back, you have not only had a dip in the sangam, but...

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Jan 14 2013

Clean Up of Sangam’s Banks on Makar Sankranti

On January 14th we celebrated Makar Sankranti, a day marking the beginning of the Sun’s ascent into the Northern Hemisphere, as well as the official start to the Kumbh Mela. Before taking a sacred dip in Sangam’s waters, however, Pujya Swamiji declared “Let us first give a bath to Sangam before we take our own bath in Sangam!” Thus, devotees, pilgrims, and yogis joined together to clean trash and other waste from the banks of the Sangam. After thoroughly cleaning the banks of Sangam, removing pounds of plastic, polythene, leftover puja material...

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Nov 04 2012

Inaugurating Portable Sanitation Units

The world’s top Interfaith Leaders, DRDO and FICCI came together on 4 November, at the end of Pujya Swamiji’s 60th Birthday celebration, to inaugurate portable toilets, which will be used in key places of pilgrimage and festivals such as the Kumbh Mela, to keep our Ganga clean while also protecting safety, dignity and health of yatris. [fbalbum url="https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.486774708011042.114070.195396983815484&type=1"]...

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Oct 15 2012

Honorable Governor, Ministers Inaugurate GAP Biodigester Toilet Project

On the 15th October, esteemed government leaders, scientists and sevaks gathered together to officially inaugurate the new eco-friendly, bio-digester toilets built at Parmarth Niketan Ashram, Rishikesh through the cooperation and hard work of DRDO, FICCI, and Ganga Action Parivar, of which Pujya Swamiji is the Founder and inspiration.  These toilets, which provide an environmentally-friendly and sustainable solution to the major sewage crisis India is facing, are the beginning of a partnership between these three entities which will help to bring eco-friendly toilets throughout the Ganga River Basin.  In the first...

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Jul 29 2012

Pittsburgh Hindu Jain Temple – Swamiji 60th Birthday Celebration

On July 29th, there was a beautiful celebration at the Hindu Jain Temple in Pittsburgh in which Pujya Swamiji, who was the inspirer, guide and founder in the early 1980s of the temple, celebrated His 60th birthday year! The morning began with a few of the temple children leading Him on a shobha yatra up the steps of the temple and then a divine havan led by the temple priests. Many of the former temple presidents and chairmen, including three past presidents of AAPI (the Association of American Physicians from India), and...

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Jun 05 2012

Yatra to Gangotri and Uttarkashi

From 2nd to 5th June, Pujya Swamiji, sevaks from Parmarth, and other devotees went on yatra to Gangotri, the sacred source of Mother Ganga, in honor of Pujya Swamiji’s 60th birthday on June 3rd.  On the way up to Gangotri, the group stopped in a beautiful place along the banks of Bhagirathi in Uttarkashi. Of course, Pujya Swamiji is like Gangaji, in that He keeps flowing in order to serve all, never thinking of Himself first but always of others.  Thus, the trip to Uttarkashi and Gangotri was not just a...

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