India’s Home Minister Amit Shah participates in Parmarth Niketan’s Ganga aarti ceremony

India’s Home Minister Amit Shah, center, participates in the Ganga aarti, December 9, 2023, at Parmarth Niketan, Rishikesh, Uttarakhand, On his left is Swami Chiidanand Saraswati, president of Parmarth Niketan, and on extreme left is Sadhvi Bhagwati Saraswati. PHOTO: Parmarth Niketan

India’s Union Minister of Home Affairs and Member of Parliament, Amit Shah, along with his accompanying delegation, participated in the Ganga Aarti at Parmarth Niketan Ashram in Rishikesh, Uttarakhand, December 9, 2023, on the banks of the river.

Minister Shah was greeted by Swami Chidanand Saraswati, president of Parmarth Niketan, in a welcome ceremony marked by the traditional blowing of conch shells, and the chanting of sacred mantras by Parmarth Niketan’s Rishikumars.

The Ganga Aarti ceremony was led by Swami Chidanand, and was joined by Chief Minister of Uttarakhand, Pushkar Singh Dhami, Baba Ramdevji, Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswatiji, as well as many other revered saints of the Rishikesh/Haridwar region and devotees from across India and around the world. Also present were several Members of Parliament, and Members of Legislative Assemblies

 Special offerings dedicated for world peace in the Vishwa Shanti Havan on the banks of the National River Ganga were done just before the sacred Aarti ceremony. The Ganga Aarti concluded with the National Anthem amidst chanting of Bharat Mata Ki Jai!

Swami Chidanand presented Minister Shah with Parmarth Niketan’s signature eco gifts—”the sacred Rudraksha sapling and a divine cardamom garland” the press release said.

“It is a matter of great pride to welcome the dynamic and dedicated Respected Shri Amit Shah Ji home to Parmarth Niketan and to this sacred land of Devbhoomi, Uttarakhand. I always say that Uttarakhand is not only India’s Switzerland but is the world’s spiritual land, providing energy and direction to countless many across all borders and boundaries.” He lauded the Hon’ble Union Home Affairs Minister’s great leadership and commitment to bringing great progress and prosperity to the nation,” Swami Chidanand is quoted saying.

Sadhvi Bhagwati Saraswati said, “Shri Amit Shah Ji is a wonderful confluence of security, order and faith of India. The security arrangements that the nation is receiving through you are amazing. Mother India has got a modern Hanuman in the form of Shri Amit Shah ji to protect her culture. Honourable Modi Ji and Shri Amit Shah Ji together have done many historical and unique works in India.”



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