Nepal, the only Hindu country in the world on Thursday celebrated the 4th International Yoga Day with an unmatched fervor.
A special mass yoga demonstration was held in the premises of Nepal Police Training Academy in the capital where people from different walks of life participated despite rains since early morning.
Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister Ishwor Pokharel, along with yoga enthusiasts, performed yoga postures in an hour-long event. The event was jointly hosted by the Nepali government and a yoga foundation.
Addressing the event, the Minister said the discipline of yoga helps to maintain a healthy and beautiful life.
“Yoga not just connects humanity with spirituality but also connects human beings with each other. It contributes in seeking truth and knowing self,” Pokharel said.
On the occasion, the participants performed various yoga postures following the instruction of yoga gurus. School students also participated in yoga demonstrations.
In fact Yoga day celebrations began quite early in Nepal on june 18th across Nepal
Nepal took this ancient Indian practice to new heights this year, where monks and locals practiced Yoga at the Muktinath temple, 12,500 feet above sea level on June 18th. The Muktinath temple is is regarded as a very sacred place of worship by both Hindus and Buddhists.
On his visit to Nepal last month, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi had made a special visit to the Muktinath temple.
The Embassy of India in Nepal, too, organised a Yoga Camp in Kathmandu today to celebrate International Day of Yoga. The programme started with a message from Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Yoga day.
Hundreds of people including representatives from various Yoga associations, friendship societies, film personalities, school children and officials of the embassy and their family members took part in the camp with enthusiasm.>