Yoga has the power to unite individuals, society, country and the world at large, and has emerged as a major unifying force globally, said Prime Minister Narendra Modi while leading the International Yoga Day celebrations in Dheradun of Uttarakhand.
Former Indian cricket team opener Virender Sehwag, who is known for his witty and hilarious posts on social media, came up with another cheeky tweet on the occasion of International Yoga Day on Thursday. Instead of further animosity, Yoga assimilates. To make this "Yogathon" a success, the officials, employees of the department have been practicing different yoga asanas for the past one week under the guidance of experts and even watching YouTube videos. The United Nations General Assembly later declared the date as International Yoga Day. It is a passport to health assurance, a key to fitness and wellness. "Instead of increasing suffering, Yoga heals", the 67-year-old said. "India is Yoga's top ambassador", says PM Modi.
Stressing on India's role in promoting the practice, he added, "The gems of India's unique heritage such as yoga will be respected by the world at large only when we ourselves respect our culture and traditions, and take part in our legacy and heritage".
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In India, the yoga day was celebrated with much fervour and excitement. "It helps in providing a bridge between India and China and bringing people of the two countries together", he said.
He asked people to embrace yoga not just for a healthy, but happy and peaceful life.
Yoga's popularity and acceptability is spreading around the world cutting across the continents and religious lines. Almost 3,000 personnel have been deployed for security. "Today the entire world is celebrating Yoga day". The campus was under CCTV camera surveillance.
On Wednesday, while greeting yoga enthusiasts across the world, the Prime Minister had said that this exercise is one of the most precious gifts given by the ancient Indian sages to humankind.
In Bhubaneswar, a special camp was organized by the Khurda District Patanjali Yoga Samiti on Durga Puja Mandap premises in Nayapalli.Puri Gajapati Dibyasingha Deb, who joined as the chief guest at the camp practiced yoga along with hundreds of participants.
Last year, Naidu had participated along with PM Modi in the national capital.