Gangtok, 21st June (IPR): The 4th International Yoga Day was observed today at Paljor Stadium, Gangtok. Organized by Sikkim State AYUSH and the Department of Health Care, Human Services & Family Welfare, the Hon’ble Governor, Shri Shriniwas Patil was the Chief Guest for the event and Shri Sonam Gyatso Lepcha, Hon’ble Deputy Speaker (Sikkim Legislative Assembly) was the Guest of Honour. The Hon’ble Minister for Health Care, Human Services & Family Welfare Department and the Department of Information & Public Relations (IPR), Shri A.K Ghatani, Hon’ble Mayor, Gangtok Municipal Corporation (GMC), Shri Shakti Singh Chaudhary, Commissioner cum Secretray, (HC,HS&FW), Shri Vishal Chauhan, DGP, Sikkim Police, Shri S.D Negi (IPS) and Heads of various Departments and officials were present for the occasion.
Students from several schools in and around Gangtok took part in the demonstration of different asanas along with members of Sikkim Police, ITBP, Red Cross Society, Art of Living, Sant Nirankari Mission, Marwari Yuva Manch, IRB, NSS, NCC, NYK, SSB and SAP. Shri Jaganath Niroula, yoga instructor, AYUSH directed the asanas.
The Hon’ble Governor addressed the gathering saying that he was proud that a healthy practice like yoga was an identity of the Indians and it was our duty to carry forward this exercise with pride. He also stated that yoga unites people of all caste, creed, communities and countries. He expressed his happiness that the State Government had made yoga a part of the school curriculum and was convinced that a healthy programme would enhance the students’ lives. He further said that a Sikkim is blessed with a salubrious and clean environment and most of all, peace; therefore this was a perfect place to practice yoga and make it a part of our daily lives. He thanked everyone, especially the students for braving the rain and turning up for the yoga demonstration and ended his note, urging the people to take up yoga seriously.
Shri A.K Ghatani in his address earlier, welcomed everyone to the event and spoke on the importance and awareness on the benefits of the practice of yoga. He also stated that this form of exercise would not only keep the body fit but it would also clean the mind through meditation and self-realization. He said that it would do wonders for the development of personality and the being, if people took up the practice of yoga earnestly.
Shri Vishal Chauhan, delivered the vote of thanks, expressing his gratitude to all the participants for their spirit of determination and to the department heads and officials, as well as the press and media for being present at the event. He wished everyone a happy and a healthy life.
The theme for this year’s International Yoga day is, “Yoga for Peace.”