Said HH Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji, President of Parmarth Niketan and Founder of Ganga Action Parivar, “for millennia, the River Ganga has been central to India’s cultural and religious heritage, sparking the rise of cities, the sonnets of poets, unrivalled architecture and passages of scripture. Now is time that it be recognized by UNSECO for its intrinsic importance to our world’s cultural inheritance.”
The proposal was cordially presented to Hon’ble Shri Mahesh Sharmaji, who expressed his appreciation of the noble concept and noted that the Ganga represents an important cultural heritage for our nation and our world.
Prior to this meeting, the concept was discussed with the Executive Director of UNSECO, Ms. Irina Bokova, when she and Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji were in Istanbul for the World Humanitarian Summit.
Said Pujya Swamiji, “the Ganga gives the cultural touch to the world. From hut culture to high culture, can one imagine our nation without it? For this reason, now is the time it become formally recognized by UNESCO as irreplaceable to global heritage.”