Daily Archives: November 8, 2013


Charles, Prince of Wales and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, paid an official visit to Parmarth Niketan Ashram, Rishikesh as the first destination of their nine-day visit to India on 6th Nov 2013. Arriving just before sunset, the royal highnesses took part in the sacred evening ‘aarti’ ceremony (ritual of lights), which is an internationally-renowned highlight of Parmarth Niketan’s daily activities. Prior to the ‘aarti’, they observed the final offering of a ‘yagna’ (fire ceremony) for world peace and environmental preservation, led by the president of Parmarth Niketan, Swami Chidanand Saraswati. Offering traditional herbs and seeds into the fire to the rhythm of ancient Vedic prayers, the royals took part in one of the most ancient rituals of the Indian tradition, performed on this occasion as a prayer for a healthy environment and peaceful world. Following the yagna ceremony, they took part in a water blessing ceremony, led by Saraswati, in which waters from the world’s […]

Prince Charles & Dutchess Camilla begin nine-day trip to India ...


The airports of Bhubaneswar and Imphal will finally be granted an international status after the approval of the Union Cabinet on October 30, 2013. Both the airports have been renovated for suitable requirements and facilities needed for an international airport. The night operating facility has been completed along with more check-in counters, establishment of immigration services, ample space for health services, and animal and plant quarantine. “The declaration of these airports as international airports will offer improved connectivity, wider choice of services at competitive cost to the air travellers, resulting in boosting international tourism and economic development of the region and the country,” the Ministry of Civil Aviation said in a statement.  

Imphal and Bhubaneswar Airports to get International Status