AS Chandigarh celebrated International Yoga Day with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, at least one thousand students, mostly volunteers of Patanjali Yog Peeth and other organisations, took part in the celebrations at Sector 5 HUDA ground in Panchkula on Tuesday morning.
Panchkula MLA Gian Chand Gupta was the chief guest at the event, which was attended by several BJP leaders and district-level officials.
Students from other districts,who could not register for Chandigarh’s programme on time, were also included in the event in Panchkula.
Though the organisers had expected a gathering of over 2,000, only one thousand participants turned up at the venue, which mostly included volunteers from Patanjali Yog Peeth, Nehru Yuva Kendras and school students.
The participation of people during the three-day training programme organised from June 12-14 was over 2,500.
“Yoga is part of our ancient culture. It is the best means to attain good health and gain peace of mind,” said Panchkula MLA Gian Chand Gupta, as he addressed the gathering. The programme was organised by the Department of AYUSH in collaboration with the district administration and Patanjali Yog Peeth. Lauding efforts of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in mooting the proposal to declare June 21 as the International Yoga Day, Gupta said Modi’s determination has brought yoga on the global map and it is now being widely practised across the world.
The event began after 6 am and concluded around 7:30 am when mild showers began. “T-shirts were also distributed among the participants. Some students, who could not attend the event at Chandigarh because of late registration, were also included in the programme. There were some children from child care homes, including Ashiana, in Sector 16,” said District Ayurvedic Officer, Pratibha Bhatia. Chaos was witnessed as participants rushed to get more t-shirts.
One LED screen was put up for the live telecast of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s programme at Capitol Complex in Sector 1.
Among those who practised yoga were District BJP President, Deepak Sharma, Zila Parishad Chairman Ritu Singla and a few BJP leaders including Harinder Malik. Among district level officers, Additional Deputy Commissioner, Hema Sharma, SDM Mamta Sharma, General Manager, Haryana Roadways, Praduman Singh, Secretary, Regional Transport Authority, Amarjit Singh, District Panchayat Development Officer, M L Garg, District Revenue Officer, Dheeraj Chahal, District Sports and Youth Affairs officer D K Rana were present at the event.