The Maharashtra government has decided to celebrate the 21st day of every month as Yoga day across all schools, colleges and universities in the state.
State school and higher education minister, Vinod Tawde, had recently held a meeting with yoga institutions including Shri Shri Ravishankar’s Art of Living, Ramdev Baba’s Patanjali Yog Samiti, Samarth Vyayam Mandir Bharat Swabhiman Nyas and others to consider various ways to celebrate International Yoga Day on June 21 at the district level.
“In the meeting, it has also been decided that 21st of every month will be celebrated as Yoga day across all schools, colleges and universities of Maharashtra,” he said.
He added that it was also decided that every district would set up a ‘Yoga Day committee’ to plan a ‘Yoga Mahostav’ (Yoga Festival) every year in between January 12-21. A separate state-level committee will monitor and coordinate with these committees.
Schools, colleges, technical and medical colleges in the state will help promote yoga during the festival, Tawde said.
“Swami Vivekanand’s birth anniversary, January 12, is celebrated as Yuvak Din (Youth Day) in the country. So during 10 days from January 12 to 21, all schools and colleges will have to organise the Yoga festival aiming in 40,000 villages across the state,” Tawde said.