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Launch of Encyclopedia of Hinduism by UK PM David Cameron

The evening of October 27th marked a historic moment in the cultural history of India and for Indians and Hindus across the world. The 11-volume Encyclopedia of Hinduism produced by India Heritage Research Foundation, founded and chaired by Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji, was launched in London by the Prime Minister of Great Britain, Mr. David…

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An Enchanting Diwali

The festival of lights was celebrated with a special Lakshmi and Ganesha Pooja in the evening, which was lead by Pujya Swamiji. During the beautiful ceremony, flowers, fruits, sweets and prayers were offered in gratitude for the abundance and grace that the Divine Mother fills our lives with every moment and minute of our lives.…

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Gandhi Jayanti: Join the Clean, Green and Serene Revolution

HH Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji (Pujya Swamiji), President of Parmarth Niketan, Co-Founder of the Global Interfaith WASH Alliance and Founder of Ganga Action Parivar, has for the past decade, inspired the Clean, Green and Serene Initiative, organizing several large scale clean-ups and greening activities on major holidays and festivals. He has always consistently encouraged making…

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India’s Diverse Spiritual Traditions with HH the Dala Lamaji

From the 20-21st of September, HH the Dalai Lamaji invited hundreds of spiritual and religious leaders for a two-day ‘Meeting of Diverse Spiritual Traditions in India.’ The interfaith dialogue discussed the promotion of human values with a secular, inclusive and innovative approach as well as suggestions to foster inter-religious harmony. On the occasion HH the…

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Green Mantra ‘Pitri Tarpan Ped Arpan’ by Pujya Swamiji

During the time of Pitri Paksha, people from all over India pay tribute and perform tarpan (sacred ritual) to honour their ancestors. Ganga Action Parivar, Parmarth Niketan (Rishikesh) and Panchnad Smarak Trust, Panjabi Mahasabha (Uttarakhand) performed this ritual on Parmarth’s Ganga Ghat in honour of those who had lost their lives during the massacre in…

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World Alliance of Religions in Seoul, South Korea

A message of peace, unity and oneness resounded in Seoul, South Korea when over 120 interfaith leaders joined together with ambassadors and representatives of over 24 countries for the World Alliance of Religions to sign a petition for peace and pledge their commitment to serve together for world peace. Over three hundred thousand participants gathered…

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Independence Day Celebrations at Parmarth: Pollution Free India

The Independence Day celebrations started with a special flag hoisting ceremony along with a speech that inspired all in attendance to pledge and to actively participate in protecting and preserving Mother India. A special, heartfelt tribute was paid to the freedom-fighters and forefathers of our nation. Inspired by Pujya Swamiji’s vision of Clean, Green and…

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Green Raksha Bhandhan Festival

A very special Raksha Bandhan ceremony took place at Parmarth Niketan (Rishikesh) today. The Rishikumars (students of the Parmarth Gurukul) underwent a yagno pavit (sacred thread) ceremony in the morning. The three sacred strings of the yagno pavit denote, as Pujya Swamiji explains, the three gunas – sattva (reality), rajas (passion), and tamas (darkness) which…

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