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International Yoga Festival 2013

International Yoga Festival ran from the 1-7 March at Parmarth Niketan Ashram, Rishikesh. There were more than 475 official participants from 41 countries; however, taking into consideration those who came just for a few classes or programs, the total number of participants was nearly 800 people from 50 countries! Parmarth Niketan has been hosting International…

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Kumbh Mela – 12-26th February

This last batch of photos includes the 12th through 26th February, the last two weeks of the divine kumbha. It also includes a few pictures of events that took place earlier but where pictures had not been previously available. In this batch we have the launch of the Global Citizens Forum, “Make Ganga Your Valentine”…

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Kumbha Mela – 4-12th February

Jai Gange! Here is the latest batch of Kumbha Mela pictures! These span the last week and include many divine yagnas, clean ups on the banks of the Sangam and sacred baths in the waters of the Sangam as well as visits to our camp by Bollywood stars Preity Zinta and Ekta Kapoor-Emraan Hashmi-Huma Qureshi…

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Samasti Bhandara

We had a huge samasti bhandara for thousands of saints, hosted by Mahamandaleshwar Swami Asanganandji and Pujya Swamiji. Pujya Swamiji, Pujya Prem Babaji and Pujya Swami Paramadvaitiji walked through the bhandara, ensuring that everything is taken care for all. Food was offered as yet another way that Mother Ganga offers Her bounty and nourishes everyone…

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Kumbh Mela – 25th January-3rd February

These pictures span the 25th January through 3rd February and include the Divine Shakti Festival with keynote speech by Dr. Vandana Shiva, the “Paryarvan Parade” on the 26th January (A Parade for Freedom from Pollution….) in which the parents of martyrs were also honored, main bathing day of the 27th January, the full moon, yoga…

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Kumbha Mela – 15-24th January

We are here in the sacred land of the sangam (confluence) of the Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswati. Every day is a festival…. this batch includes functions with the Hon’ble Governor of Uttar Pradesh (in which more than 5000 school children from Allahabad came for a “Clean Prayag, Clean India” rally), the Hon’ble Govn of Uttarakhand,…

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Makar Sankranti – Kumbha Mela

Parmarth had a special divine celebration of Makar Sankranti, here at the Kumbha Mela in Allahabad (Prayag Raj) at the sangam of the Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswati rivers. We began the day with a sacred puja and yagna, after which we traveled by boat into the water, into the actual confluence of the rivers. Prior to…

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Pujya Swamiji’s 60th Janam Utsav Celebration

Parmarth Niketan Ashram hosted a huge interfaith gathering in honor of Pujya Swamiji’s 60th Janam Utsav, with the top leaders of the world’s religions coming together in the name of Environmental Protection for World Peace. There were leaders of Hinduism, Jainism, Sikhism, Islam, Christianity, Buddhism, Judaism and Bahai from India and from across the world,…

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International Yoga Festival 2012

From March 1-7, Parmarth Niketan and Uttarakhand Tourism hosted the annual International Yoga Festival. This year we had nearly 500 participants from 31 countries and nearly 30 yogacharyas! Swami Dayananda Saraswatiji, Shankaracharya Swami Divyanand Teerthji, Swami Chidanandji (Pujya Swamiji), Radhanath Swamiji, Swami Yoganandaji, Padmashri Bharat Bhushan, Gurmukh Kaur Khalsa, Manouso Manos, Deepika Mehta, V. Vasudevan…

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