Parmarth Niketan hosts socio-spiritual mega events
New Kerala.com – 1st November, 2012
The three-day socio-spiritual celebration on 60th birth anniversary of Swami Chidanand Saraswati of Parmarth Niketan commenced this morning with Sun salutation and yoga demonstration, followed by the divine ‘mahayagna’ for world peace and environmental preservation.
However, Swami Chidanand Saraswati has appealed to his followers and well-wishers to gift him on his 60th birth anniversary year, the “commitment to dedicate themselves to the ‘6T’ programme”, initiated by Ganga action Parivar, under his leadership.
The 6T includes toilets for poor villagers along the banks of the Ganga; tree plantation to improve environment; taps to provide every household with safe drinking water; trash removal and management of solid waste to save the Ganga and her tributaries from toxic pollution; cleaning of tracks and tiger protection through preserving the natural habitat of wild animals.
The event, to be held in Rishikesh on Parmarth Niketan’s Ganga Ghat, would reach its peak on November 3, with an interfaith sammelan and signing of an MOU to build nearly 5,000 bio-toilets as part of the Clean Ganga Initiative between FICCI, DRDO, and Ganga Action Parivar.
A Ganga Aarti followed by a special music performance by Bollywood singers including MunMun Ratta, Navraj Hans, Parvez Peji and Alam Khan, are the highlights of the event.
Revered saints including Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, Morari Bapu, Rameshbhai Oza, Swami Ramdev, Dr Pranav Pandya, Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev and Sudanshu Maharaj would be present on the occasion.
Uttarakhand Governor Aziz Quereshi, Chief Minister Vijay Bahuguna and his Cabinet colleagues, Union Tourism Minister Subhodh Kant Sahai, Minister of Water Resources Harish Rawat, senior BJP leaders like L K Advani and Sushma Swaraj were expected to attend the event.
Bollywood disciples of Swami Chidanand, including Anil Kapoor, Vivek Oberoi and Shilpa Shetty were also expected, according to Sadhvi Bhagwati.