The Faiths Come Together to Pledge for Sanitation at the Ujjain Kumbh Mela

Worship for WASH Pledge during Ujjain Kumbh Mela

‪#‎SarvaDharmaSwachhtaSamvaad‬ ‪#‎MyCleanIndia‬ A grand assembly of prominent religious leaders representing India’s many faiths came together for a historic first time at the ‪#‎Ujjain‬ ‪#‎KumbhaMela‬, to appeal for a ‪#‎SwachhtaKranti‬ (‪#‎CleanRevolution‬) for Mother India through a ‪#‎SwachhtaSankalp‬ and by lighting of Sadbhavana Deep.

The beautiful and diverse event echoed with the message of unity and oneness. Leaders of many faiths joined hands at the Datt Akharda Ghat to lead and inspire a pledge to end pollution of our sacred fresh water sources, end open defecation, encourage sanitation practices such as washing our hands before and after meals and to work together in ensuring our communities are once again clean and green for all.

Co-Founder of Global Interfaith WASH Alliance’s Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji along with Secretary-General GIWA Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswati, Pujya Swami Harichetnanand from Haridwar, Maulana Dr. Syed Dr.Kalbe Sadiq Saheb, Founder of Tauheedul Muslimeen Trust, Islamic Scholar (Shia Leader), Chief Imam Umer Ilyasi, President of the All India Imams Council (Sunni Leader), Chief Jathedar, Giani Gurbhachan Singh, Amritsar, Bhai Mohinder Singh Ahluwalia OBE KSG, Chairman, Guru Nanak Nishkam Sewak Jatha (GNNSJ), Paramjit Singh Chandhok, Chairman of DSGMC, Acharya Lokesh Muniji, Founder of Ahimsa Vishwa Bharti,Ven Bhikkhu Sanghasena, Founder-President of Mahabodhi International Centre, Leh-Ladakh, Pujya Baba Hathyogi, Brahmakumari Dr. Binny Sareen, Manager Public Relations & Mass Communications, Mt Abu, His Excellency Bishop Sebastian Vadakel, Bishop of Ujjain, Father Sahil TNT, Director, Samanvay, Centre for Interreligious Dialogue and the Member of Shanti Samiti Ujjain, Raisyani Babaji, Delhi, Anupamji, Art of Living, Sagar , Balabeer Das, Chitrakoot , Sister Veena Behan, Brahmakumaris Bhopal, Shri Makkan Singhji, Chairman of the Central Committee of Simhastha Kumbha Mela, Ms. Sue Coates, Chief, WASH Section, UNICEF India, Ms. Caroline den Dulk, Chief, Advocacy and Communication, UNICEF India, Mr Manish Mathur, Office in Charge, UNICEF, Madhya Pradesh, Ba Paramadvaiti, Swamini Adityananda Saraswati Director of Programmes, Policy and Development, Global Interfaith WASH Alliance and Ganga Action Parivar and many others joined together to led this historic and remarkable Sarva Dharma Swachhta Sankalp.

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