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International Day of Yoga 2017: Celebrations kick-started at an Anganwadi Centre in New Delhi
International Day of Yoga (IDY-2017) celebrations in Anganwadi Centres of the country were kick-started by Minister for Women and Child Development, Maneka Sanjay Gandhi at Anganwadi Centre at Peeragarhi in New Delhi on June 18.

The event was marked by a yoga session with Anganwadi children in which the official Mascot of the event Yogiraj participated along with about 150 children in the presence of the minister and the officials of her ministry, stated an official release.

The release further stated that the Anganwadi Centres across the country will be participating in the International Day of Yoga celebrations to create 'awareness about the benefits of yoga to about 100 million beneficiaries through 13.52 lakh Anganwadi centres nationwide'.

"The children were enthralled with the performances of the Yogiraj who also made the children do fun yoga asanas and did Yoga dance for them," informed the release along with the mention of the performance called Dance out of Poverty (DOOP) as YOGMOB event.

It is said that the mascot Yogiraj is eye-catching and showcases a young yet symbolic character leaving a great impact on audience and will help boost the awareness of IDY-2017. At the event Mascots 'Master Sehat & Miss Sehat' educated children about safe and nutritious food.

However, Lucknow, the capital city of Uttar Pradesh, will be hosting the main mega event to mark this year's International Day of Yoga on 21st June in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

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