30,000 rehearse at Capitol Complex for International Yoga Day

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Published: June 19, 2016 11:45:21 PM

Nearly 30,000 participants from Chandigarh, Panchkula, and Mohali today rehearsed at Capitol Complex here ahead of the second International Day of Yoga (IDY) on June 21.

Nearly 30,000 participants from Chandigarh, Panchkula, and Mohali today rehearsed at Capitol Complex here ahead of the second International Day of Yoga (IDY) on June 21.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will lead the celebrations by participating in a mass demonstration of Common Yoga Protocol here on the day.

The 45-minute rehearsals began at 7:30 am and was attended by defense forces, ITBP personnel, Panjab University students, Divyangs, yoga foundations, school children and a select few from yoga orientation training camps.

For the main event, the emphasis this year will be on participation of Divyangs, the nomenclature coined by Modi for differently-abled, youths and people from economically weaker sections.

“150 Divyangs would be assisted in performing asanas at the Capitol Complex,” an official release said here.

While the main event will begin at 6.30 am the Common Yoga Protocol will begin at 7 am and last for 45 minutes, the release said.

Over 173 Indian missions across the world are also organising Yoga demonstrations to spread awareness about IDY, the statement said. Several missions organised a series of curtain raisers in various parts of the world, it said.

Today’s rehearsal was presided over by Haryana and Punjab Governor Kaptan Singh Solanki and AYUSH Ministry secretary, Ajit M Sharan, an official statement said.

“Yoga is an invaluable gift of ancient Indian tradition. It embodies unity of mind and body, thought and action, restraint and fulfilment, harmony between man and nature and a holistic approach to health and well-being,” the statement quoted Solanki as saying.

The main IDY event will witness participation of nearly 35,000 people at the Capitol Complex and 10,000 persons at 100 other locations across the city.

It will be broadcast live by Doordarshan and All India Radio.

Yoga Protocol asanas were also performed during the rehearsals. Over one lakh people have registered from the Chandigarh event.

The event will be celebrated at seven different locations in the national capital, including Connaught Place, which will host the largest gathering of approximately 10,000 people.

Diplomats and bureaucrats are likely to take part in the June 21 events at Nehru Park and Lodhi Garden.

An official statement said reputed Yoga institutions will participate by leading the functions across the country.

Demonstrations will also be organised at several places in the state capitals and all district headquarters.

In the National Capital Territory of Delhi, the major event being organised by AYUSH Ministry and New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) will be at Connaught Place, Lodhi Garden, Nehru Park and Talkatora Garden.

Union Minister for Urban Development, Venkaiah Naidu, Lt Governor of Delhi Najeeb Jung and MP Meenakashi Lekhi will be present at events in Delhi.

A 3.15-minute Hindi theme song ‘Yog Geet’ for IDY has been released in addition to the Yoga Protocol of 45 minutes.

The HRD Ministry has taken up the initiative of conducting ‘Yoga Olympiad’ with participation of children from government schools.

The first IDY was organised successfully in India and the world last year, after United Nations General Assembly, in December 2014, declared 21st of June as International Day of Yoga.

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