On June 1, 2019, As a Curtain Raiser for International Day of Yoga (IDY) 2019 which is celebrated on June 21, a two-day Yoga Mahotsava was inaugurated by Shri Rajeev Kumar, Vice-Chairman of Niti Ayog at New Delhi. The Yoga Mahotsav-2019 was organized by Morarji Desai National Institute of Yoga (MDNIY) under Ministry of AYUSH(Ayurvedic, Yoga, and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha, and Homeopathy). The theme of IDY 2019 in India is “Yoga for Heart”.
Centre shortlisted 5 cities for IDY 2019 namely Delhi, Shimla, Mysore, Ahmedabad, and Ranchi. Names of these cities were sent to the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) to finalize the venue of the main function to be held on June 21. This will be the first mega public event after Narendra Modi became Prime Minister for the second consecutive term.
1. 2 Applications ‘Yoga Locator’ and ‘Bhuvan App’ related to IDY 2019 were launched by Vaidya Rajesh Kotecha, Ministry of AYUSH.
2. Bhuvan App, designed in collaboration with ISRO(Indian Space Research Organization), provides geo time location and documentation.
3. Yoga Locator is a map-based location app. It will enable yoga instructors to register themselves and reach out to a large number of people.
4. Three special sessions were organized as a part of the event.