Yoga Day 2022: Prime Minister Narendra Modi leads the celebrations from Mysore, top ministers to attend from 75 iconic places
New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday formally launched the International Yoga Day 2022 celebrations from the heritage city of Mysore. He was joined by around 15,000 yoga enthusiasts who also participated in the event held at the Mysore Palace grounds. The PM started the program by delivering a speech at 5:30 am followed by a 45-minute yoga session during which at least 15 asanas were performed.
This year’s International Yoga Day celebrations are significant as it marks the 75th year of India’s independence. Keeping in mind the physical, emotional and mental stress people have to go through due to this pandemic this year, the theme of the festival is “Yoga for Humanity”.
The Prime Minister had said on Twitter on Monday, “Tomorrow June 21 will be marked as International Yoga Day. Inspired by the theme of ‘Yoga for Humanity’, let us make this Yoga Day a success and make Yoga more popular.”
Keeping in view the broader theme of 75 years of India’s independence, the Ministry of AYUSH has identified 75 places for Union Ministers to participate in the Yoga Day celebrations. While AYUSH Minister Sarbananda Sonowal will join the Prime Minister from Mysore, Defense Minister Rajnath Singh will perform yoga at the Indian Air Force base in Coimbatore.
Union Home Minister Amit Shah will do yoga in Delhi. External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar will be present at Delhi’s Purana Qila while Urban Affairs Minister Hardeep Singh Puri will be present at the iconic Red Fort.
Union Culture Minister G Kishan Reddy will attend the yoga ceremony from Hussain Sagar Lake in Hyderabad while Information and Broadcasting Minister Anurag Singh Thakur will be present in Hamirpur.
Law Minister Kiren Rijiju will perform yoga at Dong village in Arunachal Pradesh while Heavy Industries Minister Mahendra Nath Pandey will attend a yoga function from the iconic Puri beach.
Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnav will be present at the Sun Temple in Odisha’s Konark while Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman will be present at the national capital’s Jantar Mantar. Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal will be at Marine Drive in Mumbai while Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya will be at the Statue of Unity in Kevadia, Gujarat.
Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi will stay in Hampi while Civil Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia will stay at Gwalior Fort. Road and Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari will be on Zero Milestone in Nagpur while Jal Shakti Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat will be on sand dunes in Jaisalmer.
Minority Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi will be in Fatehpur Sikri in Uttar Pradesh while Giriraj Singh will be at Har Ki Pauri in Haridwar. Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Arjun Ram Meghwal will be in Jaipur, Minister of State for External Affairs V Muraleedharan will be at Padmanabhav Temple in Kerala, Minister of State for Road and Transport VK Singh will be at Kochi Fort.
Minister of State for Defense Ajay Bhatt will stay at the Wagah border. Minister of State for Science and Technology Jitendra Singh will be in Jammu and Minister of State for Health Bharti Pawar will be at Martand Sun Temple in Anantnag, Jammu and Kashmir.
The idea of International Day of Yoga was first mooted by Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his speech at the United Nations General Assembly on September 27, 2014.
The draft resolution passed by India was supported by 177 countries. With the universal recognition and growing popularity of yoga, the United Nations on 11 December 2014 declared 21 June as the International Day of Yoga. The first International Day of Yoga was observed on June 21, 2015.