BHOPAL : The number of people performing mass Surya Namaskar has risen by 10 lakh participants this years as over 60 lakh students and other people were present in the event on Swami Vivekananda Jayanti on one indication throughout the state on Tuesday. State level Surya Namaskar programme was held at Bab-e-Ali ground at Bhopal in which about 5000 students took part. Chief guest school education minister Paras Jain practiced asanas of Surya Namaskar and Pranayam with students of various schools. ACS SR Mohanthy, commissioner, Rajya Shiksha Kendra, Deepti Gaud Mukherjee and commissioner, public instructions, DD Agrawal also practiced Surya Namaskar with school children.
Amidst morning’s cool breeze and soft sunlight, Jain inaugurated the programme by lighting a lamp. Following recitation of Vande Mataram and Madhya Pradesh Gaan, voice of Swami Vivekananda was aired. All stations of All India Radio broadcast message of chief minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan. In the message, the CM dwelt in detail on importance of Yoga in life and urged persons from 15 to 35 years of age to adopt it. Every work can be done with excellence when body is disease-free. He said that body keeps healthy if Yoga is practiced regularly. He informed that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has also attached priority to Yoga. It is due to his initiative that Yoga Day is being observed.
Jain informed that 10th mass Surya Namaskar is being practiced this year. Last year, about 50 lakh persons had performed mass Surya Namaskar. This number has increased this year. He urged to include Yoga and Surya Namaskar in daily routine to keep fit. Jain asked students to associate their families with Yoga. He informed that he has been practicing Yoga at Ujjain for about 45 years. Jain also displayed Chakrasan on the occasion.
Students started reaching Bab-e-Ali ground for Surya Namaskar since early morning. Arrangements of mats, drinking water, snacks etc. were made for students at the ground.
Transport arrangements were made for students residing 2 kms away from venue. Students were wearing track suits and girl students salwar-suits. Teachers also accompanied students.
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