Spirituality

International Yoga Festival begins in Rishikesh

The seven-day International Yoga Festival was inaugurated by Agriculture minister Subodh Uniyal, head of Akhil Bharatiya Akhada Parishad (ABAP) Narendra Giri and Patanjali Yogpeeth chairman Acharya Balakrishna in Rishikesh on Monday. The festival is being jointly organised by Uttarakhand Tourism Development Board (UTDB) and Garhwal Mandal Vikas Nigam (GMVN). 

Addressing the gathering on the occasion, Uniyal said, “We are here at the world-famous location Rishikesh also known as Yognagari to celebrate our age-old practice of Yoga. The aim of Yoga is not only to keep us fit but also to end the negativity within the human beings. Our Prime Minister Narendra Modi has always spread the message of well-being done by Yoga which has increased the popularity of Yoga nationally and internationally.”

Patanjali Yogpeeth chairman Acharya Balakrishna said, “Yoga has played a very vital role in boosting immunity especially during the time of Covid. The regular practice of Yoga has helped in keeping the diseases away from the body. Yoga is also the cure for many diseases that are hard to treat using medical science.”

The ABAP president Narendra Giri, said, “The real definition of Yog is to unite the individual soul with the divine. Yoga also leads to peace and ultimately Samadhi which is very important in one’s life.”

Garhwal Mandal Vikas Nigam (GMVN) managing director Ashish Chauhan informed that all session arrangements have been made following the guidelines of the Covid-19 issued by the Government of India and the State Government. Nearly 350 seekers were registered on the first day of the event. 

Tuesday, 02 March 2021 | PNS | Dehradun

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