The second edition of the International Yoga festival kicked off on Wednesday in Jageshwar near Almora amid much fanfare. Around 56 foreign nationals from 14 countries have arrived to participate in the three-day event
The festival was inaugurated by Speaker, Govind Singh Kunjwal, who is MLA from the Jageshwar constituency. Speaking at the occasion, Kunjwal said that Uttarakhand has marked its presence in the world map of spiritual tourism and the International Yoga Festival in Jageshwar is a reflection of that recognition
The festival is being organized by the state tourism department and Kumaon Mandal Vikas Nigam (KMVN) is providing logistics and food for the participants. This year locals and tourists can also attend yoga sessions free of cost
The yoga sessions will be conducted by instructors from Parmarth Niketan, the largest ashram in Rishikesh. The sessions will introduce participants to yoga philosophy and a host of postures and meditation techniques like pranayama, suryanamaskar, and vedic chanting
KMVN general manager, TS Martoliya told TOI that foreigners will be served a Kumaoni platter which will include mandua ki roti, bhatt ki churdkani, kumaoni raita, etc.
Different government departments like tourism, food and khadi gramodyag have also put up their stalls at the festival grounds. Commissioner of Kumaon division, D Senthil Pandiyan also attended the opening ceremony.