CHANDIGARH, June 21- International Yoga Day was celebrated with enthusiasm at several places in Haryana with Chief Minister Mr Manohar Lal leading the participants at a State level function in Karnal today where 21 Yoga Asanas were performed under the guidance of Central Incharge of Patanjali Yogpeeth, Dr Jaideep Arya.
While speaking on the occasion, Mr Manohar Lal exhorted the people to make Yoga an integral part of their life for leading a healthy life and added that the State Government is promoting Yoga in a big way.He said that 1000 yoga trainers would soon be appointed and Vyamshalas would be set up in an equal number of villages in the first phase of this programme to impart Yoga training to the people.
During the function Yoga Asanas included in the Yoga protocol were performed from 7 to 7:35 a.m. .
While congratulating the people of the State on the occasion of first ‘International Yoga Day’, he said that today programmes have been organized at 60 places in the State to celebrate International Yoga Day’ in which about one lakh people have participated. He also appreciated the contribution made by Patanjali Yog Peeth under the guidance of Yogrishi Swami Ramdev in successful organization of these programmes throughout the State. He said that it was a matter of pride that except the programme at Rajpath in Delhi , the programme organized at Karnal is the biggest programme in the country in terms of gathering as about 25,000 to 30,000 people have participated in it.
Throwing light on the significance of Yoga in life, the Chief Minister said the he has experienced that Yoga gives a tremendous energy to perform any kind of work. He said that Yoga is a medium to connect soul with the God and it also helps the people to make them mentally and physically strong. Therefore, everybody should devote atleast one hour to Yoga from his daily routine of 24 hours. We could not extend our routine but could alter it for ensuring a healthy life style, said the Chief Minister adding that one hour Yoga daily could provide us energy to work for 20 hours . He said that in a country like United States of America as many as 1.60 crore people perform Yoga.
Mr Manohar Lal reminded that a world record was created at Jiwaji University, Gwalior in the year 2005 where 29,973 people had participated in a Yoga Programme, but the programme organized today to celebrate first International Yog Day at Rajpath in New Delhi in the presence of Prime Minister Mr Narendra Modi has created a new world record by ensuring the participation of 35,000 people. He also thanked the saints for popularizing Yoga not only in the country but globally.
Earlier, speaking on this occasion, Swami Gyananand described today as a day of honour for every Indian as June 21 has been accepted as International Yoga Day. He said that today programmes were being organized in 192 countries to celebrate International Yoga Day. He said Yoga is an ancient discipline which not only ensures physical and mental wellbeing of people but also inculcates moral values among them. Apart from this, Yoga practice also keeps the people away from the evil practices like corruption and cruelty.
Acharya Balkrishan said that it was the result of the farsighted approach of Chief Minister Mr Manohar Lal that such a huge programme is being organized at Karnal. He urged the people to adopt Yoga in their life. Yoga not only prevents untimely death but also helps in curing various deadly diseases, he added.
Additional Chief Secretary Sports Dr K.K Khandelwal, Additional Chief Secretary Health Mr Ram Niwas, Director General, Information, Public Relations and Cultural Affairs Department Mr Abhilaksh Likhi, OSD(Media) to Chief Minister Mr Raj Kumar Bhardwaj, Media Advisor Mr Amit Arya, OSD Mr Amrinder Singh and other senior officers of District Administration and a large number of participants were also present on this occasion.