Chidanand Saraswati

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Not to be confused with Swami Chidananda Saraswati, former President of Divine Life Society.
Chidanand Saraswati
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Chidananda Saraswati (called Pujya Swamiji or Pujya Muniji by disciples), is the President and spiritual head of the Parmarth Niketan Ashram in Rishikesh, India, one of India's largest spiritual institutions.[1][2] He is also the founder and spiritual head of the Hindu Jain Temple in Pittsburgh.

Swami Chidananda Saraswati is credited with conceiving the idea of and laying the foundation for the 11-volume Encyclopedia of Hinduism beginning in the year 1987.[3]

His biography is called "By God's Grace: The Life and Teachings of Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswati" and was published by Mandala Publishing in 2012.

Humanitarian and Environmental Work[edit]

Chidanand Saraswati is the founder or co-founder of several humanitarian and environmental organizations which serve a number of causes, including: Ganga Action Parivar, to preserve and protect the Ganga River and its tributaries;[4][5] India Heritage Research Foundation (IHRF), which provides education, health care, youth welfare, and vocational training;[6][7][8] Divine Shakti Foundation, which provides education and assistance to widowed and impoverished women and children, as well as the protection of street animals in India such as cows and dogs;[9][10] the Global Interfaith WASH Alliance (GIWA) to provide access to safe drinking water, improved sanitation and proper hygiene;[11][12][13] and Project Hope, an umbrella organization that brings together various humanitarian and environmental organizations in times of disaster to provide both emergency relief and long-term rehabilitation.[14][15][16][17] He is also interested in interfaith dialogue and currently sits on the Board of World Religious Leaders for the Elijah Interfaith Institute.[18]

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