Highlights in the Life of H.H. Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji Maharaj (Muniji)



1. International Ayurvedic Conference
2. Bombay
3. Dr. Bhupendra Kumar Modiji's birthday celebration
4. Jai Ganga Maiya Award
5. Meeting of the Guiding Body for the World Council of Religious/Spiritual Leaders - India
6. World Economic Forum in New York City
7. Pujya Swamiji's itinerary
8. Upcoming Events
9. Pujya Swamiji's Divine Message

December 21:
-- Rishikesh  

The International Conference on Ayurveda in the 21st Century was organized and hosted by Parmarth Niketan Ashram, under the auspices of All India Ayurvedic Congress. 

Today, as our world progresses into the Third Millennium, we have conquered the secrets of outer space, we have conquered the secrets of the ocean depths, we have conquered the secrets of the Earth�s history. Yet, the secrets to health in our own bodies continue to elude us.  

As we create more and more perfect machinery, more and more immaculate systems and technology, we find that our bodies are failing us each day.  Thus, in this age of progress and advancement, the enigma of our own beings is the one which continues to be shrouded in darkness, misconceptions and confusion.  


The ancient, yet timeless science of Ayurveda is the only healing system which addresses not only the physical plane of our bodies, but also our emotional and spiritual planes, as well as the overall balance in our beings.  Its effectiveness has been proven century after century, and today, finally, the modern, Western world is grabbing hold of this great science.  For, Ayurveda is not only effective where modern medicine is impotent, but it also has no side effects, and it is so inexpensive as to be available even to the poorest of the poor.

These reasons make Ayurveda the only possible hope for true health on Earth -- health for our physical bodies, health for our emotional and spiritual states, and health for the very depths of our beings.


Respected Bibiji, Smt. Kamaljitji, Dr. Devendra Triguna, Pujya Swamiji and Pujya Manjit Singhji light the inaugural lamp Opening day of the Conference. 

However, as a science it is complex and intricate. It is not as simple as going to the store and picking up a bottle of painkillers; for Ayurveda is structured according variations in season, in location and in individual body type.

Thus, the need is great for the intricacies of this science to be taught and disseminated throughout the world in a way which will bring about the greatest healing for the greatest number.  

Pujya Swamiji places a garland on Shri Bhagat Singh Koshyariji, the Chief Minister of Uttranchal  

The aims and objectives of the Conference were:

To assemble a list and collection of the most effective, reliable Ayurvedic treatments for the most common ailments afflicting humankind from hundreds of International Ayurvedic experts

To crystallize plans for an Ayurvedic University in Uttranchal.  As a new, Himalayan state,  Uttranchal�s gift to Bharat and to the world can be the preservation and advancement of the ancient science of Ayurveda.

This conference was organized and hosted by Parmarth Niketan Ashram, under the guidance and inspiration of H.H. Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji (Pujya Muniji), and it was graced by the presence of H.H. Siri Singh Sahib, Shri Yogi Bhajanji, H.H. Shri Singh Sahib, Dr. Manjit Singhji, His Excellency Shri Surjit Singh Barnalaji, Governor of Uttranchal, His Excellency Shri Bhagat Singh Koshyariji, Chief Minister of Uttranchal, Dr. Devendra Triguna, Dr. Ramji Sharma, and several other top ministers and Ayurvedic experts. 



Pujya Swamiji points out the new Ayurvedic garden to His Holiness Siri Singh Sahib, and Respected Bibiji (top)
Pujya Swamiji takes His Excellency the Governor  to see the site of the new Ayurvedic Center (bottom)

Smt. Vini Sukmani (Kamaljitji), the daughter of His Holiness Siri Singh Sahib, Yogiji, is dedicated to the path of Ayurveda. She sponsored the entire Ayurvedic Conference, and is now finalizing plans for opening up an Ayurvedic Treatment/Panchkarma center on the divine premises of Parmarth Niketan Ashram. In the lap of the Himalayas, on the banks of Mother Ganga, she will give patients -- from across the world -- treatment for their bodies, minds and souls.  Within a few short months, her center should be up and running -- offering Panchkarma and other Ayurvedic treatment.

The students from Miripiri Academy in Amritsar came for the Ayurvedic conference and to have the darshan of H.H. Siri Singh Sahib and Pujya Swamiji. They also had a special question-answer session with Pujya Swamiji Special offerings of flowers and prayers for the health and longevity of H.H. Pujya Siri Singh Sahib. 


December 29 : -- Bombay and Gujarat

Pujya Swamiji flew to Bombay for the New Year, where He had several different lectures and programs. On the 29th, He attended the Bhagwat Katha given by Sant Shri Rameshbhai Oza (Pujya Bhaishri), where He delivered a lecture.  

Pujya Swamiji and Pujya Bhaishri in the Katha

On the 30th, He flew for a day to Ahmedabad where He was a Guest of Honor at the Bicentennial Celebration of the Swami Narayan Mahamantra under the leadership of His Holiness Shri Madhav Priyadas Swamiji. 

January 1, 2002, Pujya Swamiji and Pujya Bhaishri graced the Bicentennial Celebration of the Swami Narayan Mahamantra under the leadership of His Holiness Shri Hariprasad Swamiji in Sokhra, near Baroda and then flew back together to Delhi.

January 2, 2002: -- New Delhi

On the occasion of Dr. Bhupendra Kumar Modiji's birthday, H.H. Pujya Sri Shankaracharyaji (Bhanpura Peeth), Pujya Swamiji, Pujya Bhaishri, Pujya Roopchandra Muniji, Prof. Rinpoche and several other renowned saints gathered together to offer their blessings to Dr. Modiji. Additionally, Shri Murli Manohar Joshiji, the Human Resource Development Minister attended the function. Pujya Swamiji spoke about how every year after 50 is a bonus year, and that He was so proud to see the way Dr. Modiji is using his bonus years -- in the service of Dharma and humanity.  

(Left to Right): Shri S.S. Manchanda, Acharya Giriraj Kishoreji, Shri Murli Manohar Joshiji, Pujya Swamiji, Pujya Bhaishri, Pujya Sri Shankaracharyaji

January 14 -- Rishikesh  

Makar Sankranti. On this holy day, Parmarth Niketan hosted the award ceremony of the Jai Ganga Maiya contest. The Contest was conducted by Shri Ramanand Sagar in honor of his Jai Ganga Maiya television serial. The top award -- a beautiful statue of the Goddess Ganga sculpted by Shri Subhash Soni of Calcutta was given to Mr. Ajar Bandhu of Haridwar.

January 27 -- New Delhi

First Meeting of the Guiding Body and Steering Committee for the World Council of Religious & Spiritual Leaders - India. This Committee, a direct consequence of the Millennium World Peace Summit of Religious and Spiritual Leaders at the United Nations in 2000, will form a religious/spiritual counterpart to the union of political leaders at the UN. 

The meeting was attended by H.H. Pujya Swami Dayanandaji, H.H. Pujya Swami Chidanandji (Pujya Muniji), H.H. Pujya Shri Singh Sahib, Dr. Manjit Singh, H.H. Pujya Sumedha Thero, Dr. Karan Singh, Dr. L.M. Singhvi, Shri M.L. Mittal, Dr. B.K. Modi, Shri Bawa Jain and many other prominent leaders. 

Pujya Swamiji with Pujya Manjit Singhji and Dr. L.M. Singhviji

The Steering Body, the Guiding Body and other participants of the Indian Delegation for the 
World Council of Religious and Spiritual Leaders

January 31 - February 4 -- New York, USA
World Economic Forum - Pujya Swamiji travelled to New York City to speak at the World Economic Forum, amongst the world's top political, social and business leaders.  He joined such leaders at Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Archbishop of Canterbury, Chief Rabbi of Israel, Queen of Jordan, Grand Mufti of Bosnia, Former President Bill Clinton, Senator Hillary Clinton, Bill Gates, President of Poland, President of the Philippines, Chief Rabbi of England and thousands more at this historic conference. See February Update for details

Upcoming Events

February 25 - March 3, 2002: International Yoga Festival 

Parmarth Niketan is honored to be the host of this world-renowned celebration of the ancient science of yoga.  Delegates, students, teachers, yogis and philosophers will gather together to learn, to teach, to discuss and to drink of the divine nectar of this sacred wisdom.

Yoga means "union;" it is a union of breath to the body, of the mind to the muscles, and most importantly of the self to the divine. What better place to become "united" than on the sacred banks of Mother Ganga, in a land to which rishis and sages have flocked for millennia? 

While all aspects of yoga will be discussed, the focus will be on yogasanas, pranayama, and meditation. Using the body as a medium, the breath becomes still, the mind attains peace and the soul moves closer to liberation. 

The program will include demonstrations by international yoga experts, classes in asanas, prayanama, and meditation, lectures by renowned yogis and masters, discussions, and much more.

However, there will be even more. The entire atmosphere will be charged with divine energy, due to so many people participating in sacred yoga. 

Additionally, this year, there will be a special addition, as Gurmukh -- world renowned Kundalini Yoga Teacher -- will come and augment the Festival with a course in Kundalini Yoga. 

To register, please CLICK HERE


A Special, Divine Invitation:

            From June 1 � June 3, at Parmarth Niketan, in Rishikesh (Himalayas), India, on the banks of the holy Mother Ganga, there will be a special Sadhana Camp in honor of Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji (Muniji)�s 50th birthday. It will be a time in which people can come, have His darshan, offer their respects and love, and participate in what is sure to be a divinely charged sadhana camp.

            We will have special meditation and yoga programs, as well as a special Ayushya yagna burning for 5 continuous days. There will also be continuous chanting of japa, and daily recitations of the Bhagvad Gita by the young rishikumars.

            Devotees who come will have the opportunity to partake in any or all of the activities which appeal to them.

            There will also be special musical programs each evening, including Shri Anup Jalota and Smt. Anuradha Paudwal

            Further, as we are celebrating the birthday of one whose life is dedicated to service of the world, there will be special daily seva activities including Ganga Clean-up, plantation of sacred trees, free medical camps and children�s programs. All who come will be encouraged to take part in this divine seva, the fruits of which we will lay each evening at the holy feet of He in whose honor it was performed.

This Sadhana Camp will culminate in a large Sant Sammelan on the afternoon of June 3.

The Sant Sammelan will be graced by the presence of 

H.H. Shankaracharyaji, Bhanupura Peeth,  Swami Divyanandji Maharaj
H.H. M.M. Swami Asanganandaji  Maharaj
H.H. Sant Shri Rameshbhai Oza
H.H. M.M. Swami Gurusharananandji Maharaj
H.H. M.M. Swami Veda Bharatiji Maharaj
H.H. Dr. Pranav Pandyaji
H.H. Shri Singh Sahib, Dr. Manjit Singh
H.H. Swami Chinmayanandji, MP
H.H. Swami Harinarayananji
H.H. Swami Pragyananandji Maharaj
H.H. Acharya Kishore Vyasji
H.H. Acharya Shrikant Vyasji
H.H. Maulanna Wahiddudin Khan Sahib
H.H. Sadhvi Ritambharaji
H.H. Brahmachari Brahmaswarupji
H.H. Amrendra Muniji
H.H. Acharya Navneet Priya Shastriji
H.H. Rasayni Baba
Dr. L.M. Singhviji
Shri Anup Jalota
Smt. Anuradha Paudwal

And many more revered saints and distinguished dignitaries

            You are all invited to come and take part in this special camp, to have the blessings and darshan of so many pujya saints, and to offer your pranam and obeisance at Pujya Swamiji�s holy feet.

            As June is the busiest month anyway in Rishikesh, PLEASE write to reserve your place.
We will confirm your place after receipt of your reservation.


1.      Go to [CLICK HERE] and fill out the form

2.       Send a fax to +91 (135) 434399

3.      Send courier mail to us c/o Sadhvi Bhagwati, Parmarth Niketan; P.O. Swargashram, Rishikesh (Himalayas), Uttranchal -- 249304






Contact information:

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  • Also, please note that Pujya Swamiji now observes silence (Mauna) from 10 p.m. until 10 a.m. and from 2:30-4:30 p.m. He is unavailable in person or by phone during these times.