Nagaland on Tuesday joined the rest of global community in commemorating the 8th edition of the International Day of Yoga, which was held on the theme “Yoga for humanity”. The main event led by Union Minister of State for Housing and Urban Affairs, Kaushal Kishore, was held at Naga Heritage Village, Kisama, here.
Speaking at the event as special guest, Kishore said that to mark 75 years of independence, India was commemorating “Azadi Ka Amrit Mahostav” and the Centre, under the initiative of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has selected 75 iconic places from across the country to celebrate Yoga Day. He said that several central ministers have been given the responsibility to organize Yoga Day at those places.
Kishore said that Naga Heritage Village at Kisama was one among the 75 iconic places across the country celebrating Yoga Day.
Highlighting the importance of Yoga, he said that practicing Yoga give health benefits, improve mental health status, give peace and relief to all types of diseases.
Union minister said India has a high population of young people and therefore “we can take this young people to indulge in Yoga practice day to day.”
He said that Yoga, since it first started on June 21, 2015, has witnessed good number of people participating in the event and continue grow globally.
Asserting that Yoga eventually connects people, and meditation will bring peace to mind, the Union Minister said “when we have peace in mind, we are mentally fit and as our mindset changes, corruption and crime will also decrease.” Kishore urged all to come together and “include Yoga as part of our life.”
State health and family welfare (H&FW) minister, S Pangnyu Phom, in his speech, stressed on the importance of yoga and the role it plays in day-to-day lives. He encouraged the gathering to perform yoga both for mental and physical balance. Further, Phom said yoga could also increase the body’s immunity against all kinds of diseases.
Advisor for urban development and municipal affairs, Dr. Neikiesalie (Nicky) Kire also presented short speech and invocation pronounced by KBC senior pastor, Rev Mekhale.
The programme event was organized by health and family welfare in association with CPWD under Ministry of MOHUA, New Delhi.
The Yoga Day celebration was live streamed at the event where Prime Minister Modi addressed the participants from Karnataka’s Mysuru. The programme concluded with Yoga pledge taking ceremony.