Suryanamaskar has nothing to do with religion: Baba Ramdev
Yoga Guru Baba Ramdev came down heavily on people linking yoga with religion saying the world has accepted this and a few people are unnecessarily making this an issue to gain political mileage.
Speaking to India TV, Ramdev made it clear that yoga has nothing to do with any religion as it is aimed at increasing the productivity of a person.
On controversy of Suryanamaskar, he said that this asana is not linked with any particular religion as it is all about enhancing the efficiency of a person who performs this on regular basis.
"Few people are spreading rumour about Suryanamaskar. The name is Suryanamaskar because by practicing this one will get energised like sun...," he said.
Ramdev's remark came in the wake of several Muslim leaders and clerics alleging that government is forcing the Muslims to practice Suryanamaskar that is prohibited in Islam.
On Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi's remark chiding Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Yoga, he said, "Soniaji practices yoga, Rahulji too practices this. I am sure that they will attend the June 21 celebration."
"For Indians, religion may be different but our ancestors were the same.. they were equal. Yoga is in the gene of Indians. India gave yoga to the world. By practicing yoga, one will only be benefited... there is no scope of loss," Ramdev told India TV.
India will lead the world to mark International Yoga Day on June 21 and a mega event has been planned in Delhi in which Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be present.
The UN General Assembly had in December last year adopted an India-led resolution, supported by over 175 UN member- states, declaring June 21 as 'International Day of Yoga', recognising that "Yoga provides a holistic approach to health and well-being".
You can watch the interview of Baba Ramdev here: