Thousands of people were seen twisting, bending and stretching on colourful mats laid out in the Capitol Complex of City beautiful, Chandigarh on Tuesday. The event was 2nd International Day of Yoga as Prime Minister, Narendra Modi joined approximately 30,000 participants in a mass Yoga demonstration.
Participants from Chandigarh, Punjab and Haryana participated in the mega event. The emphasis this year was on t he participation of 150 Divyangs, youth and people from weaker sections of the society, who added up to the greatness of the event.
Welcoming the Prime Minister, Prof. Kaptan Singh Solanki, Governor of Haryana and Punjab & Administrator, Chandigarh presented Narendra Modi with a statuette created by Anuj Saini, son of Chandigarh’s famed Rock Garden’s creator, Nek Chand. The statuette depicted a mudra of Vrikshasana. Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar, Chandigarh MP, Kirron Kher and Union minister, Shripad Yesso Naik were also present at the grand event.
Addressing people at Capitol Complex in Chandigarh before a mass yoga session Modi said, “Right now all parts of the country are participating in the Yoga Day celebrations. June 21 was chosen as International Day of Yoga, as in many parts of the world, it is the longest day. Of the many occasions universally recognised by the UN and observed across the world, there is probably none that can compete with International Yoga Day in terms of how revolutionary it is and the extent to which it has been accepted worldwide.”
He further added, “Let’s focus on one thing in the coming days and that is how to mitigate diabetes through Yoga. Diabetes can surely be controlled through Yoga.” “It will be an achievement if we can help in treating diabetes through the ancient spiritual discipline.”
The Prime Minister also announced two awards on a national-level and international-level on the occasion. One for excellence in promotion of yoga within the country, and another for similar promotion of yoga worldwide. Anybody — be it an individual or an organisation — will be eligible for it and the awards will be given to the recipients on the next Yoga Day.
Apart from the grand event at Capitol Complex, yoga was also performed at 100 different locations across the city through Live LED screens. The event was attended by defence forces, ITBP personnel, Panjab University students, yoga foundations, school children and a select few from yoga orientation training camps held at various locations since past one month.