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Pledge taken for ‘Clean Kumbh’

On the auspicious day of Makar Sankranti, pilgrims from more than 12 countries  congregated at  Parmarth Niketan here on Tuesday  and  pledged to  do their bit to preserve and protect the Mother Nature from any harm. The pledge-taking was led by Swami Chidanand Saraswati, president Parmarth Niketan.  On the day marked by the first Shahi Snan of the Kumbh Mela being  held now in Prayagraj,  the ascetic engaged himself and the pilgrims in clean-up programmes on the banks of the sacred river. He said that the Kumbh must be transformed into  Swachh Kumbh. “We are here to give a message of clean Kumbh,” Swami Chidanand said.

He said, “Kumbh is not an external exhibition but  it is  meant for inner self- discovery, self-purification, self-cleaning. If we  want to make  our future secure we must  protect our culture and the nature,” he added.  Sadhvi Bhagawati  who was also present on the occasion said that the festival is the occasion meant to dispel darkness of ego-separateness and let in light  of spiritual unity within.

It is learnt that Ganga Action Parivar and Global Interfaith WASH Alliance  in conjunction with Parmarth Niketan are hosting a eco-friendly, environmentally focused camp in the Kumbh Mela being  held in Prayag Raj from January 14 to February 24.

Wednesday, 16 January 2019 | PNS | Rishikesh

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