Chidanand Saraswati

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Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji
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Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswati (called Pujya Swamiji or Pujya Muniji by disciples), is the president and spiritual head of the Parmarth Niketan Ashram, a spiritual institution based in Rishikesh, India.[1][2] He is also the founder and spiritual head of the Hindu Jain Temple in Pittsburgh.

Life[edit]

He was born on June 3, 1952.

Works[edit]

Literary works[edit]

Swami Chidanand 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]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Swami Chidanand Saraswati Archived 15 August 2009 at the Wayback Machine Life Positive
  2. ^ Swami Chidanand Saraswati Omega Institute
  3. ^ History of the Project, Encyclopedia of Hinduism Mandala Publishing
  4. ^ Ganga Action Parivar
  5. ^ Rishikesh-based Ganga Action Parivar offers help to Narendra Modi for clean Ganga DNA India, 25 May 2014
  6. ^ India Heritage Research Foundation
  7. ^ About India Heritage Research Foundation Satya Foundation
  8. ^ Swami Chidananda Saraswati Leads Pilgrimage to Mansarovar Times of Hindu, 4 July 2003
  9. ^ Divine Shakti Foundation
  10. ^ "Seers' call to save girl child" Archived 11 September 2014 at the Wayback Machine Hindustan Times, Lucknow, 25 January 2013
  11. ^ Global Interfaith WASH Alliance
  12. ^ Faith-based organizations form alliance for children's right to safe water and sanitation UNICEF
  13. ^ <Global Interfaith WASH Alliance Archived 11 September 2014 at the Wayback Machine Temple of Understanding
  14. ^ "Project Hope". Archived from the original on 18 February 2018. Retrieved 19 July 2020.
  15. ^ Healing Touch in Uttarakhand Archived 11 September 2014 at the Wayback Machine Speaking Tree, 12 July 2013
  16. ^ Relief Material sent for Uttarakhand flood victims by Parmarth Niketan Archived 10 September 2014 at the Wayback Machine Top Story, 2 July 2013
  17. ^ Project Hope and India Heritage Research Foundation Open Orphanage for Tsunami Orphans Hinduism Today, 19 May 2007
  18. ^ [1]

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