International yoga festival concludes
Rishikesh: The curtain came down today on the week-long International Yoga Festival at the Parmarth Niketan Ashram here with Uttarakhand Governor K K Paul describing yoga as a beautiful art of life which leads to a state of awakened consciousness.
“I truly believe that the awakened consciousness through a yogic life is the first step to a compassionate society.
“This international event will grow even more popular in the coming years bringing in more and more seekers from all over the world to learn the beautiful art of life called Yoga,” Paul said at the conclusion of the annual event.
Yogis from nearly 60 countries also joined hands on the occasion to pledge themselves to the cause of spreading the message of yoga in their cities and countries across the globe.
Showering praise on Parmarth Niketan chief Swami Chidanand Saraswati for organising the “wonderful” event, the Governor said, “It is a global and unique event that brings masters from so many backgrounds and cultures to this sacred place … With the blessings of Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji, Parmarth Niketan has blossomed into a world class institution that brings spiritual growth and bliss to people from around the world.”
“I convey my deepest appreciation to Pujya Swamiji for his deep commitment to bringing about world peace,” he said.
Director of the festival Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswati, expressed her joy at the successful completion of the 7-day event in which nearly 1,000 participants from all over the world learnt the nuances of yoga from 60 revered saints, yogacharyas, presenters and experts from nearly 20 countries.
“We had 7 days of true Yogic union, a union of countries, of cultures, of colors and of creeds,” she said.