The 4th International Yoga Day is being celebrated across the globe today. In India Prime Minister Narendra Modi led thousands of people in performing yoga asanas, in the main event organised at Forest Research Institute in Dehradun, Uttarakhand. He called upon people to make Yoga a movement and a part of their lives. He said Yoga has emerged as the biggest unifying force in the world and has become a biggest mass movement.
Mr Modi said, Yoga has been a part of Indian tradition and it integrates the people. He said, Uttarakhand is the Yoga Bhumi and it has been the center of yoga for decades. He said, by doing Yoga, the person can remain fit and healthy throughout his life. Mr Modi said yoga has shown the world the path from illness to wellness. He said instead of dividing, Yoga unites, instead of further animosity, yoga assimilates and instead of suffering, Yoga heals.
As per information received, people in large numbers took part in the Mega event with zeal and enthusiasm. Yoga demonstration with Prime Minister started this morning at 7:00 AM at FRI lawns. People from different walks of life with enthusiasm have been started arriving in wee hours to participate in Yoga, in presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Governor K.K. Paul, Union and Minister of state for AYUSH Shripad Yesso Naik and Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat were also present on this occasion. Chief Minister welcomed the Prime Minister Narendra Modi and thanked him for selecting the state capital as the host of the main event of International Yoga Day.
More than 50 thousand participants performed yoga with Prime Minister at FRI Lawns and sent the message, healthy living through Yoga across the country. Speaking on the occasion the Prime Minister said that, India has given a message of Yoga at the global level. He said, yoga is bringing peace and harmony in the world and it has linked the whole world. Mr Modi Congratulate the State Government for successfully organizing the event.
Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu is participating as the chief guest at the International Yoga Day celebrations in Mumbai.Several Union Ministers are also participating in the celebrations in different parts of the country.
In the national capital too, various events were held to mark the occasion.To create awareness about Yoga and its benefits, mass Yoga demonstration programmes were organized at various places in Delhi including Rajpath, Nehur Park, Lodhi Garden, Lal Quila and Yamuna sports complex. The yoga event at Rajpath was attended by Delhi Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal and others. Information and Broadcasting Minister Col Rajyavardhan Rathore participated in the Yoga session in Shahdara. Around two thousand Delhi Police personnel also took part in the yoga session at Thyagraj sports complex. Besides, DDA, MCDs, NDMC and other agencies held Yoga sessions to spread the message and the benefits of Yoga. Elaborate security arrangements have been put in place for the International Yoga Day in the city.
In Jammu & Kashmir, Yoga Day is being celebrated at Sher i Kashmir Cricket Stadium at Sonwar in Srinagar. A senior police official informed that hundreds of participants from NCC, Police and Police Public School, Srinagar, are participating in the event. The participants were seen moving enthusiastically towards the venue in colourful sports outfits.
Yoga is a physical, mental and spiritual practice originated in ancient India. In 2015, United Nations General Assembly unanimously announced 21st June as the International day for yoga to raise awareness about the benefits of practicing yoga. Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his UN address in 2014 proposed the idea of International Yoga day. The resolution was co sponsored in the General Assembly by 177 nations, the highest ever number of co-sponsors for any UNGA resolution of such nature.