CM leads Yoga Day celebrationsdehradun Updated: Jun 21, 2017 20:41 IST
CM Trivendra Singh Rawat (centre) looks on as a child performs on the occasion of International Yoga Day at Parade Ground in Dehradun on Wednesday.(Vinay Santosh Kumar/HT Photo)
Chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat on Monday led yoga enthusiasts during the International Yoga Day festival at Doon’s Parade Ground where rains failed to dampen mood of the participants.
Rawat said yoga was Maharishi Pantanjali’s rare gift to mankind. “The great sage invented a number of yoga exercises which, if regularly practiced, help us stay fit and healthy,” he said adding that it “also gives us inner peace while helping us to experience spiritual bliss.”
“Yoga acts a bridge between ‘atman’ (soul) and ‘permatman’ (God).”
He thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for popularising Yoga across the country. “It is owing to his efforts that the United Nations recognised June 21 as the International Yoga Day. As a result, as many as 200 countries across the globe are participating in the yoga festival,” Rawat said.
The chief minister thanked Patanjali Yoga, Art of Living and other organisations for facilitating the International Yoga Day programmes. “I also thank all those came all those who spared time to participate in the yoga day celebrations.”
Rawat, some of his ministerial colleagues and BJP legislators participated in yoga exercises across the state. Governor KK Paul participated along with the entire Raj Bhawan staff and their kin in a programme held inside its premises.
The International Yoga day was observed in the Kumaon region with great enthusiasm.
BJP state president Ajay Bhatt took part in the yoga camp at Women’s College in Haldwani. The Haldwani Police held a massive yoga camp at Forestry Training Institute which was attended by more than 1000 participants. The Patanjali Yoga Samit conducted yoga at Vatika Banquet Hall in Haldwani.
Yoga camps were also held at Mallital in Nainital as well as Kumaon Regimental Centre in Ranikhet. The Dev Singh Ground of Pithoragarh also hosted a camp which was conducted by Vedas International Group. Yoga camps were held in Bageshwar and other districts.