H.H. Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji & Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswati

Bio: H.H. Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji’s motto in life is, “In the Service of God and humanity.” He left his home, under the guidance of His spiritual master, for the Himalayan jungles and forests in early childhood, in order to live a life devoted to God and in the service of humanity. Today, he is world renowned as a spiritual leader, visionary and divine guide.
Pujya Swamiji is President and Spiritual Head of Parmarth Niketan Ashram, Rishikesh, India, one of the largest spiritual institutions in India. He is also Founder of Ganga Action Parivar which is leading the way in the massive Clean Ganga Movement, and is co-founder/co-chair of the Global Interfaith WASH Alliance, an international alliance of interfaith leaders working for water, sanitation and hygiene. Pujya Swamiji is also founder of Divine Shakti Foundation and India Heritage Research Foundation (IHRF),international, non-profit, foundations engaged in education, women’s upliftment, health care, rural development and other humanitarian projects including the compilation and publication of the historic 11-volume Encyclopedia of Hinduism as well as ashrams in the sacred land of Mansarovar and Mt. Kailash in Tibet. Pujya Swamiji’s religion is unity, and he is a leader in numerous international, inter-faith summits and parliaments.

Bio: Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswati lives at Parmarth Niketan Ashram, on the banks of the Ganges river, in the foothills of the Himalayas, in Rishikesh, India. She is the Secretary-General of the Global Interfaith WASH Alliance, an international alliance of interfaith religious leaders working for Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH). She is also the President of the Divine Shakti Foundation, a charitable organization bringing education, vocational training, upliftment and empowerment programs to women and children in India. She is also the Director of the annual International Yoga Festival, and Managing Editor of the recently completed historic 11-volume Encyclopedia of Hinduism. Sadhviji grew up in a traditional, American family in Los Angeles, California. She graduated from Stanford University and was in the midst of her PhD in psychology when she traveled on holiday to India and had a life-changing transformative experience on the banks of the Ganges. She has lived in Rishikesh for nearly 20 years, where she gives spiritual discourses, question-answer sessions, counseling and coaching programs and oversees a myriad of charitable and humanitarian programs. She was officially ordained into the order of Sanyas (monastic vows) by her guru His Holiness Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswati in the year 2000.


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