Swami Chidanand Saraswati


Location of Activities

South Asia
Interfaith Humanitarian Network - Project Hope
Co-Founder, Global Interfaith WASH Alliance (GIWA)

Founder, Interfaith Humanitarian Network-Project Hope
President and Spiritual Head, Parmarth Niketan Ashram

Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji’s motto in life is, “In the Service of God and humanity.” He left his home for the Himalayan jungles and forests in early childhood, in order to live a life devoted to God and in the service of humanity.  He spent his youth in silence, meditation, yoga and austerity. Today, he is world renowned as a spiritual leader, visionary and divine guide.

Pujya Swamiji is President of Parmarth Niketan Ashram, Rishikesh, India, one of the largest interfaith spiritual institutions in India. He is co-founder of the Global Interfaith WASH Alliance (GIWA), an international alliance of interfaith leaders working for water, sanitation and hygiene launched at UNICEF headquarters in New York.  GIWA has been catalyzing awareness and action toward improved WASH through harnessing and re-channeling the strength and impact of faith leaders, as well as building bridges between leaders of different religions for interreligious dialouge and peace-building. .

Pujya Swamiji is also Founder of Ganga Action Parivar which is leading the way in the massive Clean Ganga Movement, Divine Shakti Foundation, dedicated to education, youth welfare, women’s upliftment and empowerment, health care, and rural development, and India Heritage Research Foundation (IHRF) which compiled and published the historic, monumental first-ever 11-volume Encyclopedia of Hinduism as well as ashrams/rest-houses in the sacred land of Mansarovar and Mt. Kailash in Tibet.

Pujya Swamiji's religion is unity, and he is a leader and featured speaker in numerous international, inter-faith summits and parliaments including the United Nations, Parliament of Religions, World Bank, World Economic Forum, Religions for Peace, and more.

Biography data as at 22.3.18
Main Publications: 

1.) H.H Swami Chidanand Saraswati. 2006. Peace: For ourselves, Our Families, Our Communities & and Our World. https://www.amazon.com/Peace-Ourselves-Families-Communities-World-ebook.

2.) H.H Swami Chidanand Saraswati. 2007. Drops of Nectar: Timeless Living for Everyday Living. Wisdom Tree Publilshers. https://www.amazon.com/Drops-Nectar-Timeless-Living-Everyday.

3.) H.H Swami Chidanand Saraswati. 2013. Grace in the Home: Wisdom for All Ages. Ganga Press. https://www.amazon.com/Grace-Home-Wisdom-All-Ages-ebook.

4.) H.H Swami Chidanand Saraswati. 2013. Vegetarianism: For Our Bodies, Our Minds, Ours Souls and Our Planet. Ganga Press. https://www.amazon.com/Vegetarianism-Bodies-Minds-Souls-Planet-ebook.

5.) Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswati, 2012. By God's Grace. The life and Teachings of Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswati. Mandala. https://www.amazon.com/Gods-Grace-Teachings-Chidanand-Saraswati.

Areas of Actions: 
Peace and ReconciliationFreedom of Religion or BeliefEnvironmentDialogueYouthMinority RightsShared Human ValuesHumanitarian AidWomen's RightsInterreligious Dialogue
Forms of Actions: 
Religious LeaderEducational ProgrammesInformation DistributionPhysical InfrastructureNetworkingSocial Work and Community ServiceAdvocacyCapacity Building and Empowerment