H.H. Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji Maharaj (Muniji)
March 2006


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March 1-7, 2006

The annual International Yoga Festival, organized jointly by the Uttranchal Tourism and Parmarth Niketan Ashram in Rishikesh, took place in from March 1- 7 at Parmarth Niketan Ashram, presided over by H.H. Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji.

This years' festival included nearly 300 delegates from 28 countries across the world, including USA, Canada, UK, France, Germany, Australia, Russia, China, Korea, Romania, Italy, Argentina and South Africa.

There were 16 esteemed yogacharyas who also came from across the world; however, the majority of yogacharyas were from India, as it is to India the world is turning for the divine nectar of the ancient science and art of yoga.

The Festival began on the 1st March at a beautiful inaugural ceremony graced by the presence of revered saints and also the Honorable Minister for Tourism of Uttranchal, Shri T.P.S. Ravatji, Honorable Chief Secretary Uttranchal Shri Ramachandranji,  and the Honorable Principal Secretary, Tourism of Uttranchal, Shri Alok Jainji.


Purnahuti of yagna is performed at the inaugural function




(left) Purnhuti of Yagna was performed by Pujya Swamiji with Pujya Brahmachari Brahmaswarupji, Shri Ramachandranji, Chief Secretary, Uttranchal and Shri Suresh Oberoiji.

(right) inaugural lamp is lit by Pujya Swamiji with Hon. Tourism MInister, Pujya Brahmachariji and Honorable Chief Secretary Uttranchal.


Clockwise from top: Shri Chandru Kewalramani of London offers a garland to Pujya Brahmachariji; Sadhvi Bhagwati comperes the program; Shri Suresh Oberoi garlands the Honorable Tourism Minister.









The stage was erected in the middle of Mother Ganga


Pujya Swamiji gives words of inspiration to all the delegates.



The rishikumars of Parmarth Gurukul give an outstanding yoga demonstration








Pujya Swamiji gifts the Honorable Chief Secretary divine books and discusses humanitarian projects in Uttranchal



(left to right): Pujya Swami Munishanandji; Honorable Chief Secretary, Shri Ramachandranji, Pujya Brahmachariji; Pujya Swamiji; Shri Chandru Kewalramani; Honorable Tourism Minister, Shri T.P.S. Rawatji in Pujya Swamiji's jyopri.

The participants were not only taught by the learned teachers, but they were also touched by the deep wisdom of the ancient teachings themselves and transformed by the divine atmosphere in the holy land, on the banks of Mother Ganga, in the lap of the Himalayas.

During the one week festival, the participants imbibed the nectar of:

Kundalini Yoga
Iyengar Yoga
Yoga therapy
Pranic healing
Yoga nidra
Nada yoga
Tai chi

The participants were blessed with the presence, satsang and divine words of revered saints and spiritual masters, including H.H. Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji, H.H. Pujya Sri Shankaracharyaji, Bhanpura Peeth, Swami Divyanand Teerthji, H.H. Pujya Swami Veda Bharatiji and H.H. Pujya Sri Sri Ravi Shankarji.

Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji and Pujya Sri Shankaracharyaji gave inspiring talks as well as profound and deep question-answer sessions in which the audience was free to ask any question in their minds. It was truly an eye-opening, enlightening experience for all.

Pujya Sri Sri Ravi Shankarji came also and led a beautiful meditation session as well as gave darshan at the aarti on several occasions.

Pujya Swami Veda Bharatiji also came and led a beautiful meditation.


PUjya Sri Sri Ravi Shankarji comes to see Pujya Swamiji and then to address the yoga participants



Clockwise from top: Pujya Sri SRi RAvi Shankarji is given a warm welcome at Parmarth; Pujya Swamiji tries to garland him, but instead he garlands Pujya Swamiji; audience sits in meditation as Sri Sriji leads the meditation










Pujya Swami Divyanand Teerthji, Shankaracharyaji Bhanpura Peeth comes and gives inspiring, uplifting and thought-provoking talks as well as giving satsang/question answer sessions with Pujya Swamiji. 



Honorable Director General of Police, Uttranchal, Smt. Kanchan Choudharyji comes as a special guest to the festival, attends the divine Ganga Aarti and then stays to listen to the divine satsang with Pujya Swamiji and Pujya Sri Shankaracharyaji.




Pujya Swami Veda Bharatiji leads beautiful meditation

The yogacharyas included Gurmukh Kaur Khalsa from Hollywood, USA, Shri Birjoo Mehta from Mumbai, special guest renowned Vedantist Dr. David Frawley (Pt. Vamadeva Shastri) from USA,  Sensai Sandeep Desai from Mumbai, Sadhvi Abha Saraswati from Rishikesh, Sadhvi Bhagwati Saraswati from Rishikesh, Rohini Khatri from Hyderabad, Bhavini Kalan from South Africa, Brahmachari Vishwa Pal Jayantji, and many more.

Students in the Kundalini Yoga class, led by Gurmukh






Students in Birjoo Mehta's Iyengar yoga class, performing postures and also watching Birjoo give instruction.









Shri Birjoo Mehta demonstrates shirshasan

Sadhvi Bhagwati gives an introduction to meditation


Further, the participants spent a week filling every cell of their bodies with the sacredness and divine charge in the land where for millennia saints and rishis have come and attained enlightenment. They have lived for a week in Uttranchal, the land that is truly heaven.

One of the highlights of the week was the divine Ganga Aarti ceremony each evening. At Parmarth Niketan, each evening we celebrate our "Happy Hour" with yagna and Aarti on the banks of Mother Ganga. It is a time in which, regardless of one's religion or culture, inevitably one finds peace, joy and divine connection.


Saints, dignitaries and participants gather on the stage for the Ganga Aarti






Divine Yagna and Ganga Aarti














Shri R.S. Toliaji, Chief INformation Commissioner of Uttranchal comes for divine Yagna and Aarti

Pujya Swamiji blesses Dr. David Frawley












Pujya Shankaracharyaji and Pujya Sri Sri Ravi Shankarji join Pujya Swamiji and the participants for divine GAnga Aarti











Another highlight of the Festival was the morning walks with Pujya Swamiji and the divine Rishikumars in the Himalayan forests.


We walked silently, letting each step be a mantra, letting the mind, the body and the Earth be in communion.

High up on the forest road we had a beautiful view of Rishikesh and the Ganges river.





Mealtimes also were savoured, as they were taken in the beautiful gardens at Parmarth, in the warm spring air.





In addition to the presence of revered spiritual leaders who came to Parmarth as special guests to the Festival, including H.H. Pujya Sri Shankaracharyaji Swami Divyanand Teerthji, H.H. Pujya Sri Sri Ravi Shankarji, H.H. Pujya Swami Veda Bharatiji, and H.H. Pujya Brahmachari Brahmaswarupji, we also had several distinguished dignitaries come during the week.

The opening ceremony was graced by the presence of the Honorable Minister for Tourism Shri T.P. Ravatji, the Honorable Chief Secretary of Uttranchal Shri Ramachandranji, and the Honorable Principal Secretary Tourism, Shri Alok Jainji.

During the week, Honorable Shri R.S. Toliaji, the former Chief Secretary of Uttranchal and currently the Chief Information Commissioner, Uttranchal; honorable Smt. Kanchan Choudharyji, the Director General Police Uttranchal (and the first woman to hold such a high post in the police force in all of India), and honorable Shri Sanjeev Chopraji, Industrial secretary, government of Uttranchal, all came to partake of the divine Ganga Aarti as well as the special offerings of the Festival.   

The concluding ceremony on March 7 was graced by the presence of the Honorable Governor of Uttranchal, His Excllency Shri Sudarshan Agarwalji, Honorable Principal Secretary Forest and Environment, Shri S.K. Dasji, Honorable Principal Secretary Home, Smt. Vibha Puri Dasji, Honorable Principal Secretary Culture and Charitable Affairs, Shri S.K. Muttooji, Honorable Forest Secretary, Shri Randhir Singhji, and many others.


(left): lighting of the sacred lamp; (right) Pujya Swamiji blesses the Honorable Governor


Pujya Swamiji garlands the Honorable GovernorShri Sudarshan Agarwalji
with his divine wife Smt. Usha Agarwalji



(clockwise from top): Pujya Swamiji garlands Pujya Swami Munishanandji; Lily Bafandi garlands Hon. Principal Secretary Home Smt. Vibha Puri Dasji; Gurmukh Kaur Khals garlands the Honorable Lady Governor.








Pujya Swamiji gives out sacred rudraksh malas to the yogacharyas, here to Gurushabd Khalsa







All the yogacharyas received beautiful books on the sacred land of Uttranchal, sacred rudraksh malas, Ganga water and also a beautiful appointment book/diary made by the Government of Uttranchal.


His Excellency the Honorable Governor has also been incredibly generous and committed to helping our tsunami relief efforts (see www.projecthope-tsunami.com for details). As a gift for him, Pujya Swamiji prepared a special picture frame with images of His Excellency opening the first house in our reconstructed village of Pannithittu, Pondicherry, and also a picture of the full village layout. His Excellency has pledged his support and Rs. 30 lakhs to help with the reconstruction of amenities for village Pannithittu. Then, His Excellency generously presented a check for Rs. 15 lakhs as the first half of his pledge!! Pujya Swamiji effusively praised the Honorable Governor's vision, integrity, commitment and selflessness.






A special highlight of the Concluding ceremony and also of the entire festival was the divine dance performance of Smt. Sonal Mansinghji, one of India's most famous dancers. She gave a breathtaking performance, dancing late into the night in the middle of Ganga, on a stage constructed just at Lord Shiva's holy feet.













(left)  Pujya Swamiji and the Honorable Governor give her a flower garland and also a beautiful, sacred rudraksh and gold mala. (right): Honorable Lady Governor offers a beautiful shawl to Smt. Sonalji; 



Smt. Sonalji and her musicians pose in front of Lord Shiva for a photograph with Pujya Swamiji, His Excellency the Honroable Governor and Lady Governor and Sadhvi Bhagwati



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Bathing in Ganga at Parmarth


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