The grand finale of the seven-day International Yoga Festival organised by the Uttarakhand Tourism Department took place today with Fusion Holi. In this fusion Holi festival, tourists and yoga seekers from India and abroad celebrated Holi with a confluence of three Holi styles – flowers, Lathmar and Awadhi Holi.
The venue was filled with the fragrance of flowers after the Radha Krishan Pushpabhiskek performed by ISKCON. Guests were then mesmerised by the Lathmar Holi from Barsana concluding with the flamboyance of Awadhi holi.
Today, in the programs of the concluding day of Yoga Mahotsav, Heartfulness Institute, one of the yoga schools in collaboration with the Uttarakhand Tourism, organised a yoga session for blood pressure treatment, in which yoga practitioners were told about various yoga pranayams for blood pressure control and the method of doing this was also explained to them. In one of the sessions of the day, Yogacharya S Sreedharan of Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram, Chennai conducted a devotional session at one of the partner yoga institutes.
In the evening, Pushpabhishek was organised by ISKCON in which the devotees enjoyed the Holi of flowers.
On the concluding program of Yoga Mahotsav, Sumit Pant, Director Marketing, and Publicity, Uttarakhand Tourism Development Board said that the Yoga Festival was successfully organised under the guidance of Minister of Tourism Satpal Maharaj and Secretary of Tourism Sachin Kurve. In his concluding remark, he thanked all of the participants at this Yoga Mahotsav, the organisers, who made the program a success, along with the media community that propagated yoga for seven consecutive days.
The International Yoga Festival organised by the Tourism Department was inaugurated on March 1 by Chief Minister Shri Pushkar Singh Dhami and Tourism Minister Shri Satpal Maharaj. The eight-day festival drew more than 1,500 visitors from both India and beyond, who learned diverse forms of yoga art and practises from yogacharyas and instructors from the Isha Foundation, Sivananda Ashram, Art of Living, Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram, Kaivalyadhaam, Ramamani Smriti Yoga Sansthan, and Heartfulness Institute. The tourists’ physical and spiritual well-being improved as a result of the Pulse test, meditation, and devotional sessions. In addition to this, cultural activities and panel discussions on diverse subjects entertained and educated the audience. While Yoga enthusiasts from other countries showed a lot of curiosity in the state’s clothes, delectable cuisine, and folk arts.
Yoga festival participants were offered heart therapy, pulse tests, free medical consultations, and free medicine distribution by Uttarakhand Ayurvedic University. Over 500 people received medical advice and had their tests done at the OPD between March 1 and March 7, according to university statistics.
To make this seven-day yoga festival a success, all the yoga teachers, trainers, and organisers who participated were felicitated by the tourism department along with certificates and mementos.
The function itself was a unique function in which all the workers – security guards, cleaning staff, decorators, sound artists, camera persons, laborers, etc. were called onto the stage and received thunderous applause from the audience gallery for their excellent work. They were honored and encouraged by the famous song “Jai Ho” in the background.