New Delhi, June 20: The world community is bracing itself to observe the Second International Day of Yoga (IDY) on Tuesday, June 21. Over 130 countries have already made arrangements for the day.
It may be mentioned that on December 11, 2014, the United Nations General Assembly accepted and declared June 21 as the International Day of Yoga (IDY) with an active support of 177 member nations.
The UN declaration came following the appeal made by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his address to the UN General Assembly on September 27, 2014.
The first International Day of Yoga was observed on June 21, 2015, with much fanfare and publicity both positive and negative. Most surprising was the participation of Muslim countries in this global event, opposition to chanting ‘OM’ or Sanskrit Mantras by some Muslim and Christian individuals and religious leaders.
In the US the Consulate General of India in association with Pralaya Yoga Studio, Houston will be observing the IDY from 6.30 at Discovery Green. Organisations like Patanjali Yog Peeth USAm Hindus of greater Houston, Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh, VYASA Houston, Sanatan Hindu Centre, Samskriti, Centre for Indian Performing Arts, Ekal Vidyalaya Foundation, India House, Ismail Council, Art of Living, SEWA, Sri Meenakshi Temple Society and Texas Yoga Association will be jointly hosting this program.
In India, the event is being organised all over the country with the main event being held at Chandigarh. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be participating in the event at Chandigarh on June 21. Nearly 30,000 people will be attending the event along with the Prime Minister. They will include 10,000 each from Chandigarh, Punjab, and Haryana.
The main function will be held at Capital Complex. Besides, 180 centres all over the city will also host the program. 45,000 people have already registered for the event from Chandigarh and surrounding areas.
Extensive arrangements are made at the program venue. According to Home Secretary Anurag Agrawal, 30500 mats will cover an area of 12 lakh Square feet for the participants. 40 LED screens and 300 bio-toilets have been set up for the benefit of the participants.
For direct telecasting of Capital Complex event, 100 LED screens have been placed in the city. This will benefit those local residents who could not participate in the event. This program will begin at 7 am. Each participant will be given a T-shirt and a bag with printed material.
Prime Minister Modi will address the congregation briefly before the launch of the program. Nodal Officer of the program Ajit Balaji Joshi informed that 600 buses have been arranged to ferry the participants from their respective place to the venue. The Prime Minister is expected to arrive at Chandigarh on Monday evening.
Besides the Prime Minister, the program will see the participation of Punjab and Haryana Governor Kaptan Singh Solanki, Chief Minister Prakash Singh Badal, Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar and other ministers and senior officers.