Newsletters & Updates



Summer Abroad 2017 Special

  • Pujya Swamiji and Sadhvi Bhagawatiji’s travels to USA
  • Guru Purnima Retreat and celebrations in Louisville, Kentucky
  • Meeting at the UN to prevent violence and atrocity crimes
  • Important meetings, inspiring community events and divine satsangs

iyd2017-thumbInternational Day of Yoga 2017 Special

  • Celebrations of Yoga for Health and Wellness at the United Nations in New York


june2017-thumbGIWA You Are the Solution Summit Special / June 2017 Special

  • Eminent faith leaders, captains of industry, entertainment stars, development experts, media luminaries, and representatives from global bodies including the United Nations converged at a Historic two-day Summit at Parmarth Niketan, Rishikesh for a Swachh and Water-Secure future for India.
  • This incredible confluence coincided with Pujya Swamiji’s 65th birthday and Ganga Dussehra.

iyf2017-thumbInternational Yoga Festival 2017 Special

  • Highlights from the world-renowned 29th annual International Yoga Festival, held every year at Parmarth Niketan (Rishikesh)


assam-special-thumbGIWA Assam Special / February 2017

  • GIWA leaders join the  CM of Assam and Minister of State Drinking Water & Sanitation, Government of India to inaugurate a state-led, two day Assam Sanitation Conference
  • Interfaith Pledge for Swachh Assam, Swachh Bharat

bihar-special-thumbGIWA Bihar Summit / January 2017

  • Prakash Ustav in Patna to Kalachakra in Bodh Gaya
  • Special meeting with the Hon’ble President of India in New Delhi
  • GIWA brings the world’s faiths together to improve Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH)


winter2016-thumbWinter 2016

  • Pujya Swamiji’s Historic Meeting with the Pope in Rome
  • Incredible Interfaith Events for Clean India in Varanasi and Rishikesh
  • First Ever Global Citizen Festival in India
  • Muslim Community Pledges for Swachh Bharat in Ajmer Sharif

autumn2016-thumbAutumn 2016

  • Summer 2016 Highlights
  • Worship for WASH GIWA Summit in Ladakh
  • Pujya Swamiji’s Green Birthday
  • International Yoga Festival in Jageshwar

june2016thumbJune 2016

  • World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul, Turkey
  • Pujya Swamiji’s Green Birthday
  • International Yoga Day
  • Ganga Dussehra Celebrations
  • World Environment Day in Delhi

kumbhaspecialthumbKumbha Mela 2016 Special

  • Simhasta Kumbha Mela in Ujjain Highlights


spring2016-thumbSpring 2016

  • Interfaith Leaders Take Historic Clean & Green Pledge in Ganga Sagar Mela
  • Banega Swachh India: 12 Hour Cleanathon
  • Haridwar Ardh Kumbha Mela for All
  • Swachh Aur Sundar Gujarat with Sadhviji and CM of Gujarat
  • Clean and Green Ujjain Kumbha Mela – Simhastha 2016
  • Holi Celebrations: Local Culture Connects with Global Community

devprayag2016-thumbDevprayag March 2016 Special

  • World Water Day Celebrated in Devprayag


iyf2016-thumbInternational Yoga Festival 2016 Special

  • Highlights from the week-long celebration of yoga, with more than 70 presenters and 1,200 participants from 85 countries


winter2016-thumbFebruary 2016

  • Historic Signing of Joint Declaration to End Slavery
  • Honouring the 50th Nirvaan Divas of Parmarth’s Founder
  • U.S. Ambassador Breaks Ground for a GIWA Bio-toilet Structure
  • Dev Diwali Sends Message of Interfaith Harmony in Varanasi


autumn2015-thumbAutumn 2015

  • The world’s first Jageshwar Yoga Festival and Indo-China Yoga Festival make history, held at Parmarth
  • School inaugurated at holy confluence of Rudra Prayag
  • The Danube River meets Mother Ganga for a night of divine music
  • The music of Israel and India form a Sangam of harmony

oct2015thumbOctober 2015

  • Pujya Swamiji’s historic tour of the USA, including to the Parliament of the World’s Religions and the United Nations
  • Making History at the Parliament of the World’s Religions
  • The Sustainable Development Goals are Launched: Meetings with the United Nations and World Bank
  • Meeting with Renowned Primatologist Dr. Jane Goodall

sep2015-thumbSeptember 2015

  • Meditation, Sanitation & Medication Come Together:  Buddhist Fest
  • GIWA Chapter in Ladakh
  • Swachh Kumbh Mela
  • Green Drive: One Lakh Trees in Delhi
  • Banega Swachh India

aug2015thumbAugust 2015

  • Editors Meet in Uttar Pradesh to discuss Global Interfaith WASH Alliance and Sanitation for all
  • Pujya Swamiji Meets with World Bank President
  • Magnificent Grace-Filled Evening at Grace Cathedral
  • The Missile Man with A Mission: Homage to H.E. Dr. Abdul Kalamji

june2015thumbJune 2015

  • Pujya Swamiji Meets with H.E. the President of South Africa
  • Historic Meetings with the President of the World Bank and Faith Leaders at World Bank Headquarters
  • Pujya Swamiji at Special Event Hosted by the Hon’ble Ambassador from the United States
  • Hon’ble Minister of Railways comes to Parmarth Niketan

iyd-thumbInternational Yoga Day Special

  • The World’s First International Yoga Day Celebrated with Pujya Swamiji and Parmarth Niketan
  • Pujya Morari Bapuji Delivers a Forever-Memorable Katha
  • Divine Union at Parmarth Niketan
  • Divine Commemorative Events with the Saints

yatra-thumbYatra Special

  • Sacred Memorial Garden in Kedarnath
  • Enabling Self-Sufficient Lives for Disaster Widows
  • Darshan at Holy Kedarnath
  • A Beautiful New School in the Flood-Devastated Himalayas

iyf2015-thumbInternational Yoga Festival 2015 Special

  • Over 1,000 participants from over 60 countries come together to celebrate Yoga
  • Highlights from the week-long festival’s classes in asana, pranayama, meditation, mantra and healing practices
  • Divine discourses and meditations with renowned saints


Winter-Early Spring 2015

  • Pujya Swamiji, Sadhvi Bhagawatiji and Faith Leaders Make Historic Appearance at Sustainable Development Summit
  • Hon’ble Sarsanghchalak Mohan Bhagawatji Visits Parmarth
  • Together for the United Nations World Yoga Day
  • Pujya Swamiji Meets the Hon’ble Vice President of Nepal
  • Pujya Swamiji Meets the Hon’ble President of Guyana


Autumn 2014

  • H.H. the Dalai Lama and Pujya Swamiji in Delhi for divine meeting of India’s faith leaders
  • Launch of Encyclopedia of Hinduism in India by Vice President Shri M. Hamid Ansari
  • Launch of Encyclopedia of Hinduism in UK by Prime Minister David Cameron
  • Conferences & Meetings at the United Nations
  • Pujya Swamiji’s Summer Abroad in Europe and USA

August 2014August 2014

  • GIWA and UNICEF sign historic MOU
  • Pujya Swamiji’s meetings with important Ministers of GoI
  • Water Blessing Ceremony at House of Commons
  • Beginning of Pujya Swamiji’s summer yatra abroad

newsletter_20August 2014 Encyclopedia of Hinduism Special

  • Presentation of the International Edition of the Encyclopedia of Hinduism to the Honorable President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjeeji


newsletter_19June 2014

  • Pujya Swamiji’s Green Birthday
  • Ganga Dusshera Celebration
  • Pujya Swamiji’s Meetings
  • Green Kathas at Parmarth

newsletter_18Spring 2014

  • Pujya Swamiji receives Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Pujya Swamiji meets with top political leaders
  • GAP & GIWA provide inspiration for clean water to 4 million children

newsletter_23International Yoga Festival 2014 Special

  • People from over 50 countries came together on the sacred banks of Mother Ganga to learn, grow and build bridges together through yoga and community


newsletter_17Winter 2013-2014

  • Prince Charles Visits Parmarth
  • Green Vision for Uttarakhand
  • Promoting Interfaith Harmony Worldwide


newsletter_16November 2013

  • Launch of the Global Interfaith WASH Initiative
  • Interfaith Meetings in India and US
  • Project Hope Efforts and Medical Camps

newsletter_15September 2013

  • Pujya Swamiji’s Travel Abroad to USA
  • Release of the Encyclopedia of Hinduism
  • Events at Parmarth

newsletter_14June 2013

  • International Yoga Festival 2013
  • Pujya Swamiji’s Travels Abroad to USA
  • Pujya Bhaishri’s Bhagwat Katha

newsletter_12Kumbh Mela 2013 Special

  • The First-Ever “Green Initiative” Kumbh Mela
  • Ganga Action Parivar Events & Clean-Ups
  • Visiting Saints & Dignitaries

newsletter_13January 2013

  • Bio-Digester Toilet Inauguration
  • Diwali Celebrations
  • Pujya Swamiji’s Travels to Japan


newsletter_11Pujya Swamiji’s 60th Jayanti Special

  • Saints gather to spread the message of Environmental Preservation for World Peace


newsletter_10October 2012

  • Pujya Swamiji’s 60th Jayanti USA Celebrations
  • Pujya Swamiji’s Summer Travels Abroad
  • Ganga Action Parivar Projects

newsletter_9August 2012

  • Yatra to Uttarkashi & Gangotri
  • Ganga Action Parivar Events
  • H.H. the Dalai Lama

newsletter_8May 2012

  • International Yoga Festival 2012
  • Ganga-Yamuna Conference
  • Prosthetic Limbs Camp
  • Pujya Swamiji’s Travels

newsletter_7March 2012

  • Pujya Swamiji’s Travels Abroad to UK and USA
  • Spanish Yoga Festival
  • Pujya Swamiji Visits President Pratibha Patil

newsletter_6January 2012

  • 11-11-11 Peace Festival, Medical Camps
  • Pujya Swamiji’s Travels


newsletter_5November 2011

  • Tony Blair and Pujya Swamiji
  • Diwali Celebrations at Parmarth
  • Surinder Kapoor’s Ash Immersion
  • BJP/Congress Meetings
  • Guru Sangamam

newsletter_4August 2011

  • Pujya Swamiji’s Yatra Abroad
  • Pujya Swamiji’s 59th Jayanti (Birthday) Celebrations
  • Guru Purnima

newsletter_3May 2011

  • Hanuman Jayanti Katha with Pujya Bhaishri
  • National Aviral Nirmal Ganga Conference
  • Ganga Sanskritik Mahotsav

newsletter_1March 2011

  • International Yoga Festival 2011
  • Project Give Back Medical Camps
  • Ayurveda Conference
  • Pujya Swamiji’s Yatra Abroad


nov2010November 2010

  • Guru Purnima Celebrations
  • Pujya Swamiji’s Yatra Abroad


july2010July 2010

  • Pujya Swamiji’s 2010 Summer Tour Abroad


apr2010April 2010 Special

  • Special events with His Holiness the Dalai Lama


dec2009December 2009

  • Parliament of World Religions
  • Pujya Swamiji’s Travels Abroad
  • Blessing of Encyclopedia of Hinduism with Pujya Sant Shri Rameshbhai Ozaji (Bhaishri)

sep2009September 2009

  • Meeting with Hon’ble President of India Smt. Pratibha Patil
  • Parliament of Religions
  • Pujya Swamiji’s Travels Abroad
  • Guru Purnima Celebrations

jun2009June 2009

  • Pujya Swamiji’s Travels Within India & Abroad
  • Hindu-Christian Dialogues
  • Ganga Dussehra Celebrations
  • Projects in Uttarkashi
  • Free Medical Camps at Parmarth

mar2009March 2009

  • International Yoga Festival 2009
  • Meetings & Programs with His Holiness the Dalai Lama
  • Special Saints & Guests at Parmarth Niketan
  • Pujya Swamiji’s Travels

feb2009February 2009

  • Peace & Interfaith Events
  • Pujya Swamiji’s Travels in India & Abroad
  • Ganga Clean-Up


dec2008-1December 2008

  • Saints & Guests at Parmarth
  • Free Medical Camp
  • Ganga Clean-Up
  • Pujya Swamiji’s Travels

july2008-1July 2008

  • Pujya Swamiji’s Yatra Around the World


jun2008-1June 2008

  • Pujya Swamiji’s Travels Within India & Abroad
  • Free Prosthetics Limbs, Urology and Acupressure Camps
  • Special Guests at Parmarth

iyf2008-1International Yoga Festival 2008 Special

  • Coverage of IYF 2008’s classes in asana, inspiring discourses, Ganga Aarti celebrations, and inaugural and concluding ceremonies


ihrfnewsletter2007-1IHRF Newsletter 2007

  • Updates on the projects being carried out by India Heritage Research Foundation, founded and led by Pujya Swamiji


November 2007

  • Pujya Swamiji’s Visit to Cuddalore, site of our tsunami relief orphanage
  • Pujya Swamiji Awarded Bharat Vikas Parishad’s Utkrishtata Samman Award
  • Diwali Celebrations

September 2007

  • USA & Canada Yatra
  • Krishna Janmasthami Celebrations at Parmarth
  • Special Guests at Parmarth

June 2007

  • Inauguration of Orphanage built by Project Hope
  • Pujya Bhaishri Comes to Parmarth
  • Yatra to Gangotri & Gaumukh
  • Pujya Swamiji’s Yatra in Europe & USA
  • Medical Seva Camps

April 2007

  • Special Guests at Parmarth
  • Sansakara Ceremonies at Parmarth
  • Pujya Swamiji’s Travels Within India
  • Pujya Swamiji’s 55th Jayanti

February 2007

  • Ardha Kumbha Mela
  • Hindu-Jewish Summit
  • Special Guests at Parmarth, including Rabbi David Rosen and Bollywood actor Vivek Oberoi


December 2006

  • Satsangs in USA
  • Guests at Parmarth
  • Janeo Sanskar (sacred thread) ceremony of rishikumars at Parmarth

October 2006

  • Pujya Swamiji starts Ganga Aarti in Gangotri
  • Free Eye Operation Camp at Parmarth
  • Pujya Swamiji called as Mentor to the UN’s Global Youth Peace Summit in New York

September 2006

  • Krishna Janmasthami at Parmarth
  • Pujya Swamiji with H.H. Pujya Shri Shankaracharyaji
  • Pujya Swamiji in USA, Japan and Dubai

June 2006 – Kailash Mansarovar Yatra Special

  • Projects in Mansarovar and Kailash
  • Day-by-day highlights of Yatra including en route moments, aarti at Brahmaputra River, inauguration of ashram at Paryang, Kailash Parikrama and more

May 2006

  • Pujya Swamiji with President of India
  • Pujya Sri Sri Ravi Shankarji and Pujya Swami Ramdevji come to Parmarth, Veerpur
  • Tsunami Relief update
  • Pujya Swamiji receives “Diamond of Uttarakhand” Award

International Yoga Festival 2006 Special

  • Highlights of the week, including divine discourses, classes in asana and meditation, and opening and closing ceremonies

February 2006

  • Pujya Swamiji with H.H. the Dalai Lama in Bodhgaya
  • Updates on tsunami relief work
  • Pujya Swamiji’s travels within India

January 2006

  • Inauguration of Project Hope’s Tsunami Relief Reconstructed Village
  • Pujya Swamiji observes 21 day meditation
  • Special guests at Parmarth


ihrfnewsletter2005-1IHRF Special Newsletter

  • Updates on the projects being carried out by India Heritage Research Foundation, founded and led by Pujya Swamiji


November 2005

September 2005

  • Pujya Swamiji in Jaipur with Hon’ble Governor
  • Free medical camp at Parmarth
  • Pujya Bhaishri comes to Parmarth
  • Hon’ble Governor of Pondicherry comes to Parmarth

August 2005

  • Updates on tsunami relief work
  • Janeo Sanskar of rishikumars
  • Pujya Sant Shri Morari Bapuji comes to Parmarth
  • Pujya Swamiji’s Yatra Abroad

June 2005

  • Pujya Swamiji’s Birthday
  • International Ayurvedic Conference at Parmarth
  • Updates on tsunami relief work

May 2005

  • Pujya Swamiji in USA & Singapore

International Yoga Festival 2005

  • Inauguration, Yoga classes, Satsangs & Lectures by Saints, Divine Ganga Aarti, Concluding Session and more

April 2005

  • Special guests at Parmarth
  • Continuation of tsunami relief work in South India
  • Pujya Swamiji’s Yatra to USA

February 2005

  • Medical camp at Parmarth
  • Continuation of tsunami relief work in South India – Groundbreaking Ceremony for New Orphanage
  • Ganga Aarti began in Kanpur
  • Inauguration of Parmarth Gurukul Computer Centre


November 2004

  • Special Guests at Parmarth
  • Pujya Swamiji in UK

September 2004

  • Himalayan Yatra Special
  • Rakhsha Bandhan at Parmarth
  • Pujya Bhaishri comes to Parmarth

July 2004

  • Medical mission to Kailash-Mansarovar
  • Guru Purnima Celebrations
  • Bhoomi Puja for kutirs at Parmarth Veerpur

May 2004

  • Ujjain Kumbha Mela
  • Pujya Swamiji in USA

March 2004

  • International Yoga Festival 2004
  • Purnahuti of Veerpur Navratri Yagna
  • Film on Pujya Swamiji airs in Hollywood

February 2004

  • Pujya Swamiji at World Dharma Day
  • Pujya Swamiji at World Youth Day
  • Free medical eye surgery camp at Parmarth


December 2003

  • Pujya Swamiji with H.H. the Dalai Lama at Peace Summit
  • Pujya Swamiji at World Youth Peace Summit
  • Veerpur Land & Water Pump Inauguration
  • Pujya Swamiji at Treasury and House of Commons, London

November 2003

  • Zurich Retreat on how to Live in Peace
  • Pujya Swamiji’s Yatra in USA

October 2003

  • Pujya Swamiji in Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Australia, Fiji, New Zealand, and Hong Kong
  • Prime Minister of Tibet comes to Parmarth

September 2003

  • Krishna Janmasthami and Rakhsha Bandhan at Parmarth
  • Inauguration of Gurukul at Veerpur
  • Pujya Swamiji in Vrindavan

July 2003 – Kailash Mansarovar Yatra Special

  • Official opening of Parmarth Mansarovar Ashram & Clinic
  • Guru Purnima Puja at Lake Mansarovar
  • Rudra Abhishek at base of Mt. Kailash
  • Bhoomi puja for other projects in Paryang and Saga
  • …and more

June 2003

  • Janeo Sanskara ceremony for Rishikumars
  • Pujya Swamiji in Leh, Ladakh

May 2003

  • Pujya Sant Morari Bapui visits Parmarth
  • Sacred Sanskara ceremonies at Parmarth
  • Divine Kathas at Parmarth

March 2003

  • International Yoga Festival 2003
  • Holi Celebrations at Parmarth
  • Special guests at Parmarth
  • Veerpur Projects Updates

February 2003

  • Pujya Swamiji’s Yatra to USA, UK and Australia


November 2002

  • Diwali Celebrations
  • Special guests at Parmarth

September 2002

  • Inauguration of new Gurukul building at Parmarth
  • Special Tree Plantations in Veerpur

August 2002

  • Guru Purnima Celebrations
  • Pujya Swamiji’s Yatra Abroad

June 2002

  • Special Ganga Puja
  • Bhoomi Puja of new ghat with Hon’ble Chief Minister
  • World Council of Religious Leaders
  • Free medical camps

Pujya Swamiji’s Jayanti Special 2002

  • Special Ganga Puja
  • Ganga Clean-Up Program
  • Sant Sammelan and Bhajan Concert

April 2002

  • Meetings for Peace
  • Pujya Swamiji in USA & Australia
  • Bhoomi Puja of new hospital

February 2002

  • World Economic Forum in New York
  • International Yoga Festival
  • Eckhart Tolle comes to Parmarth

January 2002

  • World Council of Religious & Spiritual Leaders – India Meeting
  • Pujya Swamiji’s Travels within India


December 2001

  • Vishwa Dharma Prasaar Yatra in Africa
  • Pujya Swamiji at Prime Minister House
  • Opening of new Parmarth Kendra
  • Meetings with Chief Minister and Finance Minister for Ayurvedic Projects

October 2001

  • Free cardiac camp at Parmarth
  • H.H. Shankaracharyaji visits Parmarth
  • Navratri and Dussehra celebrations
  • Mansarovar & Education projects updates

Europe Yatra Special

  • Vishwa Dharma Yatra in UK, France, Germany, Portugal, Denmark, Norway and Russia

Americas Yatra Special

  • Vishwa Dharma Yatra in Trinidad & Tobego, Guyana, Suriname, USA, and Canada

August 2001

  • Pujya Swamiji’s Yatra in USA, Canada & UK

June 2001

  • Ganga Dussehra Celebrations at Parmarth
  • Pujya Swamiji’s Travels in India & Abroad

May 2001

  • Inauguration and prana pratishtha ceremony of Sri Kanyakaparameswari, Lord Venkateswar (Tirupathi Balaji), Lord Hanuman and Navagrahas at Parmarth

April 2001

  • Pujya Swamiji’s Yatra in USA, Europe & Africa

March 2001

  • Holi Celebrations
  • Shrimad Bhagwat Katha by H.H. Pujya Shankaracharya Swami Divyanand Teerthji
  • Chief Minister of Uttaranchal comes to Parmarth
  • Pujya Swamiji’s Yatra Abroad

February 2001

  • Kumbha Mela in Prayag Raj (Allahabad)
  • International Yoga Festival 2001
  • Relief in Gujarat earthquake

January 2001

  • Highlights of Kumbha Mela in Prayag Raj (Allahabad)


December 2000

  • Special ceremony for girls and women of Parmarth vocational training programs
  • Yatra to Kathmandu for Mansarovar projects
  • Pujya Swamiji’s travels within India

November 2000

  • Yoga Sansthan at Parmarth
  • Pujya Swamiji’s Travels within India

October 2000

  • Pujya Swamiji’s Travels in Malaysia, Singapore, and India

September 2000

  • Pujya Swamiji’s Travels in Trinidad & USA
  • Millennium World Peace Summit of Religious & Spiritual Leaders
  • Dharma Yatra

August 2000

  • Guru Purnima Celebrations
  • Pujya Swamiji’s Travels in USA & Canada

June 2000

  • Pujya Swamiji’s Birthday
  • Ganga Dussehra
  • Education projects updates

May 2000

  • Pujya Swamiji’s Travels
  • Project updates, including the Encyclopedia of Hinduism