The Preview & Blessings Ceremony took place on the 3rd -4th April during the auspicious time of the Maha Kumbha Mela, on the banks of Mother Ganga in Haridwar and Rishikesh.
The Encyclopedia was previewed and blessed by the hands of H.H. the Dalai Lama, Pujya Swami Ramdevji, Pujya Sant Shri Ramesbhai Ozaji, Pujya Sant Shri Morari Bapuji, Pujya Swami Gurusharananandji, Pujya Swami Satyamitranandji, so many other revered saints and leaders of different world religions, Respected Shri L.K. Advaniji, Respected Shri Nishankji (the Honourable Chief Minister of Uttarakhand) and other dignitaries at a huge, historic function during the Maha-Kumbha Mela (the greatest spiritual gathering on Earth which takes place every 12 years).
The audience heard words of blessings and appreciation for the project from the revered saints and dignitaries as well as from Bollywood actor Vivek Oberoi and from the President of IHRF, Shri Hasubhai Shah. Then, the actual books were lavishly presented to the Dalai Lamaji by the Chief Editor, Dr. KLS Rao, the Editor-in-Chief, Dr. Kapil Kapoor and officers of the Board of IHRF from USA and Canada.
After the Preview ceremony, there was a divine Ganga Aarti at Parmarth Niketan, Rishikesh, performed by H.H. the Dalai Lama with the revered saints, and a special bhajan concert by world famous Bhajan Samrat Shri Anup Jalotaji.