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On Maha Shivratri PM Modi unveils 112 feet Lord Shiva Bust at Isha Yoga Foundation Complex
On the occasion of Maha Shivratri, February 24, PM Narendra Modi unveiled a 112 feet bust-statue of Lord Shiva at Isha Yoga Foundation Complex in Coimbatore and in his address told the audience that yoga was helpful in creating a spirit of oneness of mind, body and the intellect as well as oneness with fellow humans and with birds, animals and trees.

"Maha Shivratri symbolizes a union of divinity with a purpose, of overcoming darkness and injustice. It inspires us to be courageous and fight for good. It marks the shift of seasons, from the cold to the lively spring and brightness," stated Modi.

He added that Maha Shivaratri celebrations symbolised a spirit of vigilance to protect nature and mould our activities in sync with our ecological surroundings.

Modi described yoga as a journey 'from me to we' and urged people subscribe for the Indian culture of unity in diversity.

"Today, yoga has come a long way. There are various definitions, types, schools of yoga and ways to practice yoga that have emerged. This is the beauty of yoga – it is ancient, yet modern, it is constant, yet evolving. The essence of yoga has not changed. And I say this because it is of utmost importance to preserve this essence. Otherwise, we may just have to discover a new yoga to re-discover the soul and essence of yoga. Yoga is the catalytic agent, ushering the transformation from Jiva to Shiva," he elaborated.

Modi also released the book 'Adiyoga: The source of Yoga' at the function.  He also went around the Isha Yoga Complex located in the foothills of Velliangiri Mountains in the Western Ghats.

Of late, Isha Yoga Foundation has been the subject of much controversy for flouting environmental regulations. There are cases pending before the Madras High Court and the National Green Tribunal against the construction at its premises.

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