Haryana Governor Shri Bandaru Dattatraya on Friday extended his warm congratulations and best wishes to Shri Ramchandra Ahlawat, 76, resident of Lakadia, Jhajjar, for winning the Gold Medal at the recently held International Yoga Festival in Puducherry.

Chandigarh, January 14, 2022: Haryana Governor Shri Bandaru Dattatraya on Friday extended his warm congratulations and best wishes to Shri Ramchandra Ahlawat, 76, resident of Lakadia, Jhajjar, for winning the Gold Medal at the recently held International Yoga Festival in Puducherry. Shri Ahlawat secured the first position among 50 plus age group participants.

Governor Shri Dattatraya, while encouraging him during a telephonic conversation today, said that doing yoga is the key to staying free from diseases in today’s time. Yoga strengthens people’s will power and makes them energetic. He advised Shri Ahlawat to spread the word about benefits of Yoga so that more and more people adopt Yoga to stay healthy.

He said that it is a matter of pride for Haryana that Shri Ahlawat has won the Gold Medal in Yoga. Thanks to the efforts of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi ji, the International Yoga Day is celebrated on June 21 every year, which is taking the Indian Yoga system to every nook and corner of the world. The Haryana Governor said that Yoga is being promoted continuously in the country and the state, which is a matter of pride for the countrymen.

During this telephonic conversation, Shri Ahlawat thanked Shri Dattatraya and said that he is feeling very happy after getting good wishes and compliments from the state’s Governor.

Shri Ahlawat said that he is feeling encouraged and will try his level best to further promote yoga among the general public. He described yoga as an ideal way of life. He said that in the year 2009, he suffered from a serious illness and after that started yoga. His life changed and he is now completely healthy at the age of 76.

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Haryana Governor greets all on pious occasion of Makar Sankranti

Chandigarh, January 14, 2022: Haryana Governor Shri Bandaru Dattatraya on Friday conveyed his heartiest greetings to the people of the country and the state on the pious occasion of Makar Sankranti and wished them good health, prosperity and happiness.

He said that the festival of Makar Sankranti is celebrated with great enthusiasm in Haryana as Sakrant. This festival is a symbol of respect for daughters and blessings of elders in Haryana. On this day, people present shawls and blankets to their elders as a mark of respect and get their blessings.

“Our festivals are a unique and indispensable part of our civilization and traditions. Since time immemorial, we have been following a rich culture of celebrating various festivals, depicting the vibrancy and inclusiveness of our diversity,” said Shri Dattatraya.

Makar Sankranti, which is also celebrated as Uttarayan and Pongal, is considered as the oldest and the most colourful harvest festival in north India. People celebrate the festival by flying kites, expressing happiness and desire to soar and leap through life.

The Governor said that in Andhra and Telangana, people celebrate Makar Sankranti festival for four days during which they light bonfires, sing and dance. They also wear new clothes and offer traditional foods to their ancestors.

Pongal is a vibrant festival of Tamil Nadu, which the people of the state celebrate with usual fervour and enthusiasm. Magh Bihu is celebrated with zeal in Assam. Our every festival signifies how well connected we are to Mother Nature, said the Governor.