International Yoga Festival dedicated to Indian soldiers
Yoga enthusiasts and practitioners from 80 countries would be participating in the yoga programmes being organised at Parmarth Niketan in Rishikesh during the 30th International Yoga Festival being held in association with Incredible India, Ministry of Tourism. The festival was inaugurated on Friday by the state tourism minister Satpal Maharaj and the state forest minister Harak Singh Rawat.
Inaugurating the festival, the tourism minister said, “We have begun this festival by lighting lamps in the memory of Pulwama martyrs and it is a day to rejoice when the Wing Commander Abhinandan has reached home. People from 70 countries have gathered here and Parmarth Niketan has become a mini-globe.”
The head of Parmarth Niketan Swami Chidanand Saraswati said that the entire festival is dedicated to the Indian soldiers who are fighting for the country and the Ganga Arati held on Friday is ‘abhinandan arati’ for the Wing Commander Abhinandan.
The festival director Sadhvi Bhagwati informed The Pioneer that till date participants from 65 countries have registered themselves. Hallmark of the festival would be Bollywood star Shilpa Shetty teaching yoga. Classes mainly on Ashtang Yoga, Iyengar Yoga, Vinyasa yoga, Kundalini Yoga, Shinto Yoga, Semantic Yoga, Hath yoga, Rajyoga, Bhakti Yoga, Lila yoga, Deep yoga would be held in course of the week- long festival, the festival director added.
Apart from this, meditation mudras, Vedic mantras, Ayurvedic and Indian philosophy classes would be held. Speaking to The Pioneer, Swami Chidanand Saraswati said, “Many innovative programmes like yoga for our planet, music Beatles yoga would be performed on the last two days of the festival. Eminent yoga personalities like Shankaracharya Dayanand Saraswati, Mooji Baba Swami Radhanath Swami, vice- chancellor of VYASA Dr Nagendra Neeraj, environmentalist Vandana Shiva and Yog Guru Swami Ramdev would give discourses, he added.
Sadhvi Bhagwati said that for the first time, the tribal from South America, middle and North America would showcase their cultural programmes in the holy city.
Saturday, 02 March 2019 | PNS | Rishikesh
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