“Parmarth Niketan” literally means “An abode dedicated to the welfare of all.” True to its name, Parmarth runs a wide variety of charitable and divine projects and programs.

Food for the hungry, medicine for the sick, education for the illiterate, housing for the homeless and hope for the downtrodden — Parmarth aims to serve the needy in whatever capacity possible.

There are two types of needy people who come to Parmarth. There are those whose needs are logistic, basic, physical – they are hungry; they are homeless; they are sick; they can’t afford to care for their children. For these people Parmarth provides a wide range of programs and charitable services. Pujya Swamiji fervently believes that if a man’s stomach is empty, or if he is burning with fever, or if he cannot feed or educate his children, then one must address those needs before trying to teach this man meditation or philosophy.

On the other hand, there are increasing numbers of pilgrims who come to Parmarth who have more than enough to eat, who have degrees hanging on their walls, who have not one home but several homes and closets full of clothes. Yet, despite it all, something is missing in their lives. They are searching, seeking, yearning for divine connection. Their stomachs are full but their hearts are empty. Thus, it is for them that Parmarth runs all of the spiritual programs – yoga and meditation classes and courses, discourses, satsangs, kathas, prayers, pujas, and the divine Ganga aarti.

Parmarth’s divine projects include:

Parmarth Gurukul

The Parmarth Gurukul provides nearly 200 young impoverished, disadvantaged boys with a basic academic education as well as intensive sanskrit and ancient Vedic texts.
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The Swami Shukdevanand Charitable Hospital provides free healthcare on a daily basis, and Parmarth organizes free medical camps that travel into the Himalayan villages.
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Clean, Green & Serene Programs

Parmarth Niketan is dedicated to cultivating an awareness of environmental sanctity as well as restoring Mother Earth’s natural balance.
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Parmarth Niketan, in cooperation with the Divine Shakti Foundation, runs a free children’s school on the premises of Parmarth called Prakash Bharti.
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Each day hundreds of people — rishikumars, brahmacharis, sadhus and others in need — are fed by the ashram.
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Yoga at Parmarth Niketan Ashram is holistic, spiritually oriented and focused on the deep and sublime traditional ancient yogic discipline as taught by the rishis and sages.
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