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On World Health Day, Modi govt’s ‘Yoga Mahotsav’ toasts India’s ‘ancestral way of life’

Ayush Ministry organised a Yoga Mahotsav at Red Fort Thursday to mark World Health Day. Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla was the chief guest, with ministers & envoys in attendance.

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New Delhi: On World Health Day, Thursday, the Union Ayush Ministry organised a Yoga Mahotsav at the Red Fort, to demonstrate some common yoga asanas (postures) to the public.

Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla was the chief guest at the event, while Union ministers Sarbananda Sonowal, Bhupender Yadav, G. Kishan Reddy and Meenakshi Lekhi were among the participants. Also in attendance were the ambassadors and high commissioners of many countries.

The event comes amid the 100-day countdown to the 8th International Day of Yoga (IDY), which will be celebrated 75 days later on 21 June. To mark 75 years of the country’s Independence this year, the 8th IDY will see events being held at 75 iconic sites across India.

“Yoga is our ancestral way of life. We have kept this yoga exercise today, ahead of International Yoga Day, relating it to the ‘Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav (75 years of Indian Independence)’,” said Om Birla.

A participant performs yoga, with the Red Fort in the backdrop | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint
A participant performs yoga, with the Red Fort in the backdrop | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint
From left to right: Union ministers Bhupender Yadav and Sarbananda Sonowal, and Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla, at the event | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint
From left to right: Union ministers Bhupender Yadav and Sarbananda Sonowal, and Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla, at the event | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint
Union minister Meenakshi Lekhi at the event | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint
Union minister Meenakshi Lekhi at the event | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint
In the quest for health | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint
In the quest for health | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint
Minister Bhupender Yadav at Red Fort | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint
Minister Bhupender Yadav at Red Fort | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint
From left to right: Bhupender Yadav, Sarbananda Sonowal, Om Birla and G. Kishan Reddy | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint
From left to right: Bhupender Yadav, Sarbananda Sonowal, Om Birla and G. Kishan Reddy | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint
Meenakshi Lekhi with one of the participants | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint
Meenakshi Lekhi with one of the participants | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint
Participants concentrate on getting it right at Thursday's yoga event | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint
Participants concentrate on getting it right at Thursday’s yoga event | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint
Participants perform the anuloma pranayama | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint
Participants perform the anuloma pranayama | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint
Age was no bar at the event. From children, to the elderly, it drew participants irrespective or their years | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint
Age was no bar at the event, with the participants including children too | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint

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