Green Birthday and Green Message
Famous and beloved Bollywood actress Dia Mirza came home to Parmarth Niketan during the course of a very special documentary she is shooting. The documentary is focused on raising awareness on the need to preserve and protect the National River Ganga.
She joined the divine Ganga Aarti ceremony, which was celebrating the special birthday of young Ayesha from London.
Ayesha’s grandmother, Jyotsna Poddar, and grandfather, Saroj Poddar, had brought her to Parmarth last year for Saroj’s birthday. She loved the town and was so inspired by her visit then that she decided to come again, this time to celebrate her own birthday. Little did she know that, by Gangaji’s grace, she would not only be blessed by her Guru, Pujya Swamiji, but would also receive birthday wishes from Dia Mirza. She was gifted with a sacred Rudraksh sapling while everyone sang a sacred Sanskrit birthday song and showered her with rose petals. During the occasion, it was shared that in order for our youngsters to be inspired to make every birthday a green birthday, sacred pilgrimage sites must be protected in their pristine and natural state.More and more youth can be drawn to make a conscious choice that instead of parties in their homes they will join divine celebrations on the holy banks of Mother Ganga with their global family. At these holy sites, they can experience the bliss, peace, and love along with the cultural traditions that were created along the banks of these sacred rivers.
Dia, Ayesha, along with her family and many pilgrims joined with Pujya Swamijito participate in a profound satsang led by Sadhvi Bhagawatiji.
Dia Mirza was so deeply touched by her evening at the ashram that she came again to shoot the second part of the documentary with a special episode that will focus on cleaning up the banks of the holy River Ganga plus feeding the sweepers and municipality workers in a bhandara (feast) at Parmarth Niketan.