The renowned International Yoga Festival is an event that is held once in a year. It is held in the heavenly mountainous foothills of the Himalayas location, beside the sacred river Ganga, at Rishikesh, Uttarakhand, India. Rishikesh is often regarded as the birthplace of Yoga. The dates for the International Yoga Festival are from the 1st of March to the 7th of March. The weather at this time is very pleasant in Rishikesh. The highest-day and the lowest-night temperatures range about 29°C or 84F and 11°C or 51F, respectively.
The International Yoga Festival attendees are from across the globe. There are participants from the US, Russia, UK, Canada, Germany, France, Croatia, Iceland, Nepal, Turkey, Finland, Sweden, Norway, Brazil, South Africa, Japan, South Korea, China, Costa Rica, Switzerland, Indonesia, Italy, New Zealand, the Netherlands, UAE, Singapore, Chile, Malaysia, Argentina etc. According to a source, last year, in 2018, there were 2,000 + attendees from about 100 countries.
Along with the main focus on Yoga, there are other minor events alongside, such as, folk dances, music, campfires, interactive gatherings, traditional Aarti along the River Ganga in the evening etc. The main location of the International Yoga Festival is the famous Parmarth Niketan Ashram.
In mythology and from the ancient times, the origin of Yoga is traced to Lord Shiva. Lord Shiva is regarded as the Lord of Yoga. Lord Shiva is one of the top three deities along with Lord Brahma and Lord Vishnu, called Trinity. Goddess Parvati is Lord Shiva’s consort, and famous deities Lord Ganesha and Lord Kartikeya the God of War, are his children.
Rishikesh is approximately 250 km or about 155 miles, that is about 5.5 hours road drive, from New Delhi. The nearest airport to Rishikesh is the Dehra Doon Airport, Jolly Grant Airport. It is approximately 21 km from Rishikesh. There are trains from New Delhi to Rishikesh. Rishikesh has many hotels, resorts, guest houses etc with very comfortable accommodation at nearby convenient locations.
A Mantra for Lord Shiva is -
Om Namah Shivaya
ॐ नमः शिवाय
(Updated Date & Time :- 2019-02-26 16:49:30 )
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