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Thousands attend Mysore yoga day

Thousands of people attended the International Yoga Day held in front of Mysore Palace on Friday.

Thousands of people attended the International Yoga Day held in front of Mysore Palace on Friday. | Photo credit: MA Sriram

Thousands of yoga practitioners rolled out their mats and performed various asanas in front of the iconic Mysore Palace on Friday to mark International Yoga Day in the city known as the yoga hub.

The district administration has arranged for nearly 10,000 people to attend the event in front of the palace, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi attending the main Yoga Day event in 2022.

Mysore is a major destination for yoga learners, with no less than 120 institutions teaching ancient Indian yoga courses.

Credit for the revival of yoga can also be attributed to the patronage of the discipline by the Maharaja of Mysore and Mummadi Krishnaraja Wadiyar, who ruled for most of the 19th century, compiled He wrote a paper called “Sritattvanidhi” in which he described and sketched 120 yoga asanas. Nalwadi Krishnaraja Wadiyar, who reigned from 1902 to 1940, invited yoga master T. Krishnamacharya to Mysore in his later years. His disciples included BKS Iyengar, Pattabhi Jois and others, who made important contributions to the popularity of yoga around the world.

Friday’s event was inaugurated by district in-charge minister HC Mahadevappa, who emphasized the importance of yoga and the need to inculcate it as a habit for ensuring good health and preventing lifestyle diseases.

He said yoga not only enhances physical health but also mental health. The minister added that regular yoga practice fosters a disciplined life, promotes overall health and contributes positively to society.

Mysore MP Yaduvir Krishnadatta Chamaraja Vaidyar recalled the contributions made by our forefathers in popularizing yoga and said that International Yoga Day has been held grandly in Mysore since its inception. He also said that during Dasara this year, yoga enthusiasts in Mysuru should prepare themselves for mass and even create a Guinness record.

Krishnaraja MLA TS Srivatsa said that due to the patronage of the erstwhile maharajas, Mysuru became the pioneer of many initiatives and yoga was one of them. He said Mysore was so popular as a yoga destination that the city became synonymous with yoga in ancient India.

Deputy Commissioner KV Rajendra said that the district administration will provide all support to the mass yoga event organized during Dasara. Yoga Day has gained global support and following as people realize the benefits of this ancient Indian discipline. Mr. Rajendra said that yoga is not only India’s gift to the world, but even Mysore has left its mark globally through its association with yoga.

Members of Mysore Yoga Federation, Mysore District Yoga Foundation, Yoga Shikshana Samshodhana Samsthe and other members participated in this event.

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