HP State celebrates International Yoga Day


    People come out in large number from their homes to join the International Yoga Day events organised in each district and subdivision today. The main event was held at Rajbhavan Shimla where Himachal Pradesh Governor also joined the Yoga Enthusiasts.

    Union Minister of State for Defence Rao Inderjit Singh presided world Yoga day event at Sarswathi Vidha Mandir at Vikas Nagar in the outskirts of Shimla town. Interacting to the media persons after the event he said that people were drawn toward Yoga above religion as they are exercising it in large number across the globe. He said that Yoga was attracting people in all the nations including the Muslim dominated nations.

    Various functions were held across Himachal Pradesh to mark the second International Yoga Day. However, no minister from the Congress-ruled state was present on the occasion.

    Former Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal and local legislator Suresh Bhardwaj also took part in the event in the state capital along with Rao, which was held amid cloudy conditions.

    “Yog means connecting people… sixteen out of the 193 countries would also soon adopt yoga,” Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Dhumal told reporters.

    Governor Acharya Devvrat performed Yoga at Raj Bhawan, where a large number of locals were present.

    “Yoga is an important part of our rich culture and tradition and purifies mind and soul,” he said in a message.

    Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh is away in New Delhi. His cabinet colleagues chose to stay away from the functions.

    Yoga guru Ramdev’s Patanjali Yogpeeth Trust said 152 yoga camps were organised across the state in which thousands of people participated.

    BCCI chief Anurag Thakur and cricketer Harbhajan Singh participated in an event with hundreds of students and others at the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association’s picturesque stadium in Dharamshala amid a drizzle.

    “I will keep myself associated with yoga,” Harbhajan Singh said. Mr. Anurag Thakur said there was nothing religious in yoga. “Every human being irrespective of his/her religion can do yoga.”

    Kangra MP Shanta Kumar organised a function in his hometown Palampur in Kayakalp Hospital venue at Kangra district in which a large number of foreigners were present.

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