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



1. Kundalini Yoga Camp at Parmarth Niketan by respected Gurmukh from USA
2. Escorts Heart Institute has free Cardiac Camp at Parmarth Niketan
3. Purnahuti of the special month-long Katha during Purushottam Mas 
4. H.H. Shankaracharyaji Swami Divyanand Teerthji blesses Parmarth Niketan
5. Navaratri and Dusshera are celebrated with great devotion and gaiety
6. Atma Parishodhana Camp by H.H. Swami Protoplasm 
7. Eminent doctors from Bombay and Australia come and give free medical health camp
8. Shri Arvindbhai Patel brings a large group from Detroit, USA
9. Special, divine medicine is dispensed for Asthma
10. Youth Education Services Project Update 
11. Mansarovar Project Update
12. Upcoming Events
13. Pujya Swamiji's itinerary
14. Pujya Swamiji's Divine Message

October 10-14:
-- Rishikesh

Kundalini Yoga Camp:  Divine Soul and respected Kundalini Yoga Teacher from California, Gurmukh came with a group of students and seekers from USA. She offered a special 4 day Kundalini Yoga Camp for not only her students from abroad, but also for ashram residents, pilgrims, devotees and other local people. Respected Gurmukh teaches yoga for the body, yoga for the mind and yoga for the soul in Hollywood, California and travels the world bringing this great science to seekers everywhere. 

While here, she and her group took part in a special puja, releasing the ashes of someone who had passed away. 

Final offering of ash immersion puja Pujya Swamiji applies sacred tilak to the group from America


Pujya Swamiji blesses Gurushabd, 
one of the leaders of the yoga group
Respected Gurmukh performs aarti with Pujya Swamiji


October 13-14: -- Rishikesh: 

Escorts Heart Camp. Dr. Ravi Kasliwal and his team of specialists from Escorts Heart Institute, Delhi came here and had a special one-day cardiac screening/consultation/ screening camp

The inauguration was performed by the eminent doctors from Escorts, as well as by Pujya Shri Sharadbhai Vyasji, Respected Judge Shailendra Saxenaji of Varansi, Respected Shri AK Rahaji of Delhi, and the entire group who came with Respected Gurmukh from America. 



Testing of patients with EKG machine Dr. Rachna Kasliwal, daughter of Dr. Ravi Kasliwal, examines a patient as her father stands by. 

October 16: -- Rishikesh: 

Final Purnahuti of the Purushottam Mas Bhagwat Katha. After a full month of delivering daily Bhagwat Katha, Pujya Madan Mohan Shastriji's sublime religious program came to a close as the sun set on the holy month of Purushottam Mas. The entire katha and the entire month-long puja and yagnas were dedicated to the souls who lost their lives in the tragic events of September 11. We had prayers, chanting, yagnas, pujas and aarti for peace for the victims, their loved ones and for all of humanity. 

Pujya Acharya Madan Mohan Shastriji performs divine Ganga Aarti with Pujya Swamiji Final purnahuti of the yagna, which -- for one month -- was lit in honor of the victims of the tragedy of September 11

October 17
: -- Rishikesh: 

As one joyous festival ended, another began. October 17 marked the first day of the holy festival of Navaratri, and we were blessed with the presence of H.H.  Shankaracharyaji Sri Swami Divyanand Teerthji Maharaj, Bhanpura Peeth. His Holiness came, performed Ganga Aarti and gave blessings and a beautiful lecture on the nature of life and death.


Pujya Swamiji and H.H. Shankaracharyaji Sri Swami Divyanand Teerthji Maharaj, 
Bhanpura Peeth


October 17-25: - Rishikesh

Navaratri. For the nine days dedicated to the Mother Goddess, we had special Ramayan Paath every morning, uplifting satsang in the afternoons and special puja, yagna and aarti each evening on the banks of Mother Ganga. 

On Dusshera the final day, the young Rishikumars - who had been in special anusthan for these days - organized their own special yagna and Aarti ceremonies. With no help from the acharyas, the young rishikumars planned and prepared a beautiful yagna puja and Aarti, showing their great reverence for the Mother Goddess. 



The rishikumars perform aarti to the beautiful images of Mother Goddess they made at their mandir.  Head Acharya Shri Ramanujji performs aarti with one of the small children

October 23 - 26 - Porbandar, Gujarat

Pujya Swamiji travelled to Porbandar to Pujya Bhaishri's ashram for the final days of the special Navaratri program. On October 26, Dusshera, they travelled for a special Dusshera festival in the holy land of Dwarka. 

October 24 - 30:
- Rishikesh:  
Atma Parishodhana Camp by H.H. Swami Prajna Aranyaji Maharaj (also known as Pujya Yogi Protoplasm). Pujya Yogiji travels India teaching a remarkably intensive mixture of yoga, meditation and pranayama. This camp, conducted in both English and Hindi, was attended by nearly 50 people who began classes each day at 3:00 am and subsisted on milk, fruit and strict silence for the one week period. 

Pujya Swamiji is a special guest at final session of Pujya Swami 
Prajna Aranyaji Maharaj (Yogi Protoplasm)'s sadhana camp; 
Other saints and brahmacharis give testimony to the divine
 impact they have felt
Saints, brahmacharis and rishikumars attend the camp

October 29 - November 2: - Rishikesh:  

Free Medical Health Camp. Seven eminent doctors came from the Hinduja Hospital, Leelavati Hospital, Cumballa Hospital, Singhania Hospital and other prestigious hospitals of Bombay to give a free medical health camp at Parmarth Niketan.  Additionally,
Dr. Shailja Chatturvedi from Sydney, Australia came and offered her help as well as her commitment to bring teams here from Australia in the future. 

Final purnahuti performed by the 
doctors from Bombay and by Shri 
Girdhar Dalmiaji and his family. 
Official inauguration/lamp lighting of the camp Pujya Swamiji garlands Dr. Bandookwala
Pujya Swamiji, Pujya Swami Protoplasm and other saints visit the camp Doctors examine patients Patients wait outside for their chance to see the doctors


October 30: - Rishikesh:  

Shri Arvindbhai Patel from Detroit USA, came with a group of nearly 30 devotees from America who were performing a divine yatra throughout the numerous holy areas of India. While here they performed a sacred puja for the successful completion of the yatra. 


October 31; 4:00 am: - Rishikesh
At this sacred hour, on this special day, hundreds of asthma patients gathered on the banks of Mother Ganga, and at the special Venkateshwar Temple where our respected Vaidyaji (Ayurvedic expert)  dispensed a unique, miraculous medicine in the form of divine kir which has the power - when given at this predetermined auspicious time - to relieve symptoms of asthma and bronchitis even in chronic sufferers.



Tribal Schools:
By the generosity of donors, the YES schools are flourishing well. We are currently sponsoring 51 tribal schools in the Himalayan region and 21 tribal schools in Bihar.  Additionally, we have sponsored the restoration and re-establishment of 8 schools and a medical clinic in Orissa which had been destroyed in the cyclone. 

Sanskar Vidya Mandir:
On the premises of Parmarth Niketan, Rishikesh, India, Sanskar Vidya Mandir has added 7th and 8th class.  This Junior School takes place in the mornings, along with the children´┐Żs school, and we have shifted the nursery and kindergarten to the afternoons. There are now over 225 children whose lives are being enriched through the academic education as well as through the teachings of values, ethics and sanskaras.

Other YES News:
The YES project currently sponsors a total of 117 educational programs, including children's schools, junior/high schools, women's vocational training programs, adult education programs, music/dance programs and one orphanage/gurukul. A new children's school and a new women's vocational training program will open soon in Ranichuri, Himalayas. 


In Lucknow, through the great dedication and management of Shri Shiv Balak Mishraji and through the generosity of Smt. Bina and Shri Chris Stevenson of Australia, our new junior school/high school -- the only of its kind for more than a 20 km radius -- is now fully functional. 

Previously, there had been only a children's school, and thus after graduation from primary school, the children had nowhere to go other than into the fields to work.  Now, they can continue their education and -- by the grace of God -- transcend the lives of poverty into which they were born.  Additionally, the renovations and additions, have enabled the children's school to also expand. Now, instead of 400 children, there are 600 children coming each day.

In Memory of Dear Sheena
Parmarth Vidya Mandir:

In June, 2000, a divine child was taken from the worldly realm back to the realm of God. In memory of her divine soul, and to bring life to other children who don't have the opportunities that dear Sheena had, her parents have committed themselves to Parmarth Vidya Mandir  -- a project of YES -- in Rishikesh. The school which was later to become Sheena's was inaugurated in June, 2000 and officially opened in November 2000 by Pujya Swamiji, Smt. Sarita and Shri Yatinder Singhal and several other distinguished guests. There are now over 2000 young girls and boys who are receiving the irreplaceable gifts of an education, vocational training, skills training and most importantly the gifts of hope and faith. 

On September 22, 2002, her parents had a special fundraiser in Detroit, with the help of Divine Soul Smt. Madhvi Doshi and several of their dear, committed friends. A film called Tapish produced by Shri Yatinderji was shown and speeches were given about the importance of the project. 

The fundraiser was greatly successful and large donations were received for this divine project. 

It has been beautiful to see the way that Smt. Saritaji, Shri Yatinderji and their friends have come together, taken a tragic loss and turned it into such a great gift of life to so many underprivileged children living in the sacred Himalayas. 






In June, 1998 when Pujya Swami Gurusharananandji Maharaj, Pujya Sant Shri Rameshbhai Oza (Bhaiji) and Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji (Muniji) went on yatra to the sacred land of Mansarovar and Mt. Kailash, in Tibet, they saw the desperateness of the local situation. There are no medical facilities for hundreds of kilometers. People frequently suffer or even die from basic, treatable altitude sickness, due to lack of medical attention. There is no indoor place to stay - all must camp in tents. 

Therefore, Pujya Muniji Maharaj vowed that -by the grace of God -- He would do something for the local people (who don't even have running water) and for all the pilgrims who travel there. 
Two and a half years were spent in discussions with the Chinese government, and - with the cooperation and support of the Bureau of Foreign Affairs and Tourism of Ngari Prefecture of Tibet Autonomous Region - we finally obtained permission for the project. 

In December, 2000 permission was officially granted by the Chinese Government to build 
an ashram and a hospital in the sacred land. 
Further, this will be the spring board for other much-needed humanitarian projects in the area, 
including schools, vocational training programs, etc. 


Now, the project is nearly complete, yet the winter freeze prevents any further pilgrimage to the area. So, once the passage opens, in June of 2002 we will travel there on yatra for a special inauguration. 

This divine hospital and 16-room ashram will be inaugurated by His Holiness Shankaracharyaji Shri Jayendra Saraswati Swamigal, Kanchi Kaam Koti Peeth, H.H. Shankaracharyaji Pujya Swami Divyanand Teerthji Maharaj, Bhanpura Peeth, Pujya Swami Gurusharananandji Maharaj and H.H. Pujya Sant Shri Rameshbhai Oza. Official dignitaries and VIPs who will also grace the occasion include Shri ML Mittal, Dr. BK Modi, and many others. 

Construction of the ashram, with lake Mansarovar in the background Hospital building nearing completion

The hospital and ashram amidst the divine land of Mansarovar. 
Mt. Kailash towers in the background. 

For more details about the yatra, please click here



Upcoming Events

November 9-11: Hindu Heritage Pratishthan - For the third year in a row, the Hindu Heritage Pratishthan camp will be held here. Students from dozens of countries from across the world will be coming to Parmarth Niketan to learn about Indian culture and Hinduism. 

November 23-30: Sadhana Saptah -- This annual special week of Sadhana is already fully booked. 



Contact information:

Phone: + (91-135) 434300; Fax: + (91-135) 434399;

  • 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.