The whole world celebrated International Yoga Day yesterday. AP too took part in the celebrations with great enthusiasm and excitement. From children to adults, students to professionals and housewives, everyone came forth to make the day a grand success.
In Guntur, all government run offices including the District Police office and the Urban and Rural offices, along with schools and colleges celebrated the day. Prathipati Pulla Rao, the Agriculture Minister and Kishore Babu, the Minister for Social Welfare participated in the events that were held at the District Revenue Kalyana Mandapam.
The celebration at ANU auditorium was led by the Vice Chancellor A. Rajendra Prasad. Yoga drills were conducted at the Headquarters of Guntur NCC group and were attended by 9,500 cadets from the districts of Nellore, Guntur and Prakasam.
Kakinada was not far behind in celebrating International Yoga Day. Various educational institutions in the district including Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, celebrated the event with lots of fervor. A huge event was organized at the District Authority Indoor Stadium, which was attended by many people, including District Collector H. Arun Kumar and his officials. He addressed the gathering and said that he was impressed with the number of people who had shown up for the event. He claimed that India should be proud, that Yoga which was found in India is revered on a global level.
The temple town of Tirupati too actively participated in the Yoga Day celebrations. A massive event was organized at the Indira Maidanam by AYUSH in coordination with Art of Living, Sanjeevani Foundation, Patanjali Yoga Peeth and R. Sudharani Foundation. People attended the event in hordes making it a huge success. Y. Satyanarayan, the Union Minister of State for Science and Technology was also present at the occasion and tried a few yoga postures. He confessed to have been awed by small children who could perform complex yogasanas with ease. At another event, which was held at the Sri Venkateswara University, the Prime Minister’s decision to make Yoga compulsory in primary classes was applauded by Rector M. Bhaskar.