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Shri Swami Vishveshwarananda Saraswati, President Omkarananda Ashram Himalayas, and
Kumari Somashekhari, Bharatanatyam Dancer and General Secretary Omkarananda Ashram Himalayas,
being honoured by Senior Citizen Welfare Organization,
Rishikesh, on 21st June 2019

On 21st June 2019 a special Delegation of the Senior Citizen Welfare Organization, Rishikesh, namely its President, Dr. Harish Dhingra, its General Secretary Shri P.D. Agarwal and its Deputy General Secretary Shri S.P. Agarwal, along with Shri I. D. Joshi, Member and Chief-Editor of "Darpan 2019", the newly released Magazine of the Senior Citizen Welfare Organization, Rishikesh, paid a visit to the Head-Quarters of Omkarananda Ashram Himalayas.

The Senior Citizen Welfare Organization of Rishikesh is a noble Organisation, consisting of more than 540 Members, who are actively engaged in different social services.

This Organization has completed a working period of 22 years. They have a Working Committee, which is elected every two years, and they publish a Magazine, in which various activities, and special events, performed during the 2-year working period, are presented. This year, their 118 Pages colourful Magazine, along with interesting articles, was officially released on 13th May 2019, by its Chief-Editor, Shri I.D. Joshi, Senior Educationist and former Principal, Shri Bharat Mandir Inter-College, Rishikesh.

Shri Swami Vishveshwarananda Saraswati and Kumari Somashekhari heartily welcomed all Delegates of the Senior Citizen Welfare Organization, Rishikesh.

Dr. Harish Dhingra, Shri I.D. Joshi and others first of all expressed their Gratitude to Mahant Shri Swami Vishveshwarananda for his Blessings and goodwill message, published in the new edition of their Magazine and presented him a copy of it.

Shri S.P. Agarwal, Deputy General Secretary, read out a citation, highlighting the educational services of Omkarananda Ashram Himalayas through its many Schools, Colleges and Institutes in the area of Rishikesh / Muni-ki-Reti and also in faraway Himalayan Hill areas.

He further pointed out the contribution of Omkarananda Ashram Himalayas towards the dissemination of the Vedic Culture through its various activities like the Ashram's Gurukul, Omkarananda Gayatri Ved Vidyalaya, the Omkarananda Natya Kala Academy, its various Temples and Temple-Worships, printing and distributing of spiritual Literature, Satsang for Devotees in form of Divine and inspiring Speeches by Shri Swami Vishveshwarananda and regular Performances of Indian Classical Temple-Dance and Music by Kumari Somashekhari.

Shri Agarwalji expressed his special Gratitude and Admiration on behalf of all Senior Citizens of Rishikesh to Shri Swami Vishveshwaranandaji and Kumari Somashekhari for their broad vision and commitment to enhance Quality Education in the Garhwal Himalayas.

He further emphasized, that all Members of the Senior Citizen Welfare Organisation, Rishikesh, want to honour Swamiji for his remarkable contribution towards the Education of the masses in the area of Rishikesh and the hilly regions of Uttarakhand.

Agarwalji read out another citation, appreciating Kumari Somashekhari's achievements in Indian Classical Dance and Music, Indian Languages and Vedic Sanskrit.

Swami Vishveshwaranandaji and Kumari Somashekhari were presented with nice flower-bouquets and garlanded with an Angavastram (scarf).

Then came the great moment, when Dr. Harish Dhingra and other Delegates honoured Shri Swami Vishveshwarananda Saraswati, President, Omkarananda Ashram Himalayas, with the "SHIKSHA SHIROMANI AWARD for excellence in the field of Education and Vedic Culture", and Kumari Somashekhari, General Secretary Omkarananda Ashram Himalayas, with the "BHARATIYA SHASTRIYA NRITYA SHIROMANI AWARD for excellence in Indian Classical Temple Dance and Vedic Culture".

Thanking the Delegates, Shri Swami Vishveshwaranandaji simply said, that it is only due to the Grace of H.D. Shri Paramahamsa Omkar­ananda Saraswati, that Omkarananda Ashram Himalayas is performing such excellent works in various fields.

Shri Swami Satchidananda Saraswati, the Treasurer of Omkarananda Ashram Himalayas, also was there during this occasion. The Senior Citizens presented him with a special gift for his noteworthy services to the Ashram and its many Institutions.

With respectful Pranams and Regards the Senior Citizens thanked Swami Vishveshwar­ananda again for his great services, while Swamiji blessed them all with Rudraksha Malas and Jnana Prasad - a packet of spiritual literature, containing the Ashram's Magazine "Vidya Prabodhini" and other publications with divine Wisdom and information on the Activities of Omkarananda Ashram Himalayas.

Thus, the short, but memorable event left a deep impression in the Hearts of one and all.

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A Delegation of Members of Senior Citizen Welfare Organization, Rishikesh,
had come to the Headquarters of Omkarananda Ashram Himalayas, to honour
Shri Swami Vishveshwarananda, Kumari Somashekhari and Shri Swami Satchidananda
for their tireless work in the field of Education and Culture.
From left to right: The President of Senior Citizen Welfare Organization, Dr. Harish Dhingra,
the Chief-Editor of the Senior Citizen Magazine, Shri I.D. Joshi, the General Secretary,
Shri P.D. Agarwal and the Deputy General Secretary, Shri S.P. Agarwal.

Dr. Harish Dhingra is offering a beautiful flower-bouquet and
an Angavastram (scarf) to Shri Swami Vishveshwarananda.

Shri S.P. Agarwal, after having read out a heart-touching Citation, describing
Swamiji's immense contribution to Education in Uttarakhand, announces the
"Shiksha Shiromani Award"  for Shri Swami Vishveshwarananda Saraswati.

Shri Swami Vishveshwarananda receives his Award from
the hands of Dr. Harish Dhingra and Shri S.P. Agarwal.

Kumari Somashekhari was honoured with the
"Bharatiya Shastriya Nritya Shiromani Award".

A gift, in form of a high-quality bag - as a sign of respect and gratitude - was handed over
to Shri Swami Satchidananda, as well as to Kumari Somashekhari, by Dr. Harish Dhingra.

Courtesy:
"Darpan 2019", newly released Magazine of the Senior Citizen Welfare Organisation, Rishikesh

Courtesy:
"Darpan 2019", newly released Magazine of the Senior Citizen Welfare Organisation, Rishikesh,
Page 6, Message by Swami Vishveshwarananda Saraswati.

Courtesy:
"Darpan 2019", newly released Magazine of the Senior Citizen Welfare Organisation, Rishikesh,
Page 7, Article by Shri I.D. Joshi, Chief Editor.

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