About Us Celebrations @ Shankaracharya Gate (India-Nepal Border), Birgunj (June 21, 2023)

Consulate General of India
Birgunj (Nepal)


Press Release

As part of the celebrations of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav  (India @ 75) and to commemorate the 9th International Day of Yoga, the Consulate General of India, Birgunj (Nepal) organized a series of Yoga sessions in the areas under the jurisdiction of Consulate. The celebrations started with curtain raiser event on May 23, 2023 inside the premises of Consulate which witnessed participation of  people from different sections of the society.  The second session was held at Narayani Riverside, Bharatpur, Chitwan on June 17, 2023 with participation of over 700 people. The third session was conducted at Tirhutiya Gachhi, Janakpurdham, Birgunj on June 19, 2023 which witnessed participation of over 800 people. In continuation of the yoga celebrations, the Consulate organized  the final Yoga session at  Shankaracharya Gate (Indo-Nepal border), Birgunj on June 21, 2023 @0600 hrs to celebrate the International Day of Yoga while highlighting the depth of Indo-Nepal relations. This was the very first time that International Day of Yoga was celebrated at the Shankaracharya Gate which is situated at approximately 500 mtrs. from the International border between India and Nepal and is also a symbol of India- Nepal relations. 

2. Shri Ramesh Prasad Kurmi, Hon’ble Minister for Forest and Environment, Madhesh Pradesh graced the occasion as Chief guest  and was welcomed by Shri Tarun Kumar, Acting Consul General, Consulate General of India, Birgunj. The Yoga session witnessed participation of over 450 people including  Chief District Officer  of Parsa, Superintendent and Deputy Superintendent of Armed Police Force, Parsa, Shri Dila Ram Panthi (Chief Customs Officer, Birgunj Customs Office), Shri Ashok Baid (President, Nepal Bharat Sahayog Manch), Shri Sanjoy Bhattacharyya (Factory Manager, Unilever Nepal), Shri Kilash Ram Chaurasiya (HOO, Dabur Nepal Pvt Ltd., Bara),  Office bearers of Birgunj Chamber of Commerce and Industries, members of Nepal India Friendship Association, Parsa, members of Patanjali Yog Samiti-Parsa, members of Brahmakumaris, Birgunj, members of electronic and print media, officers and officials of Consulate along with their family members and other distinguished guests. 

3. In his opening remarks, Shri Tarun Kumar, Acting Consul General, CGI, Birgunj informed the participants about this year’s theme of Yoga i.e. “Yoga for Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam”. He further mentioned about the UN General Assembly’s  approval with record support of 175 member states for celebrating June 21 as the International Day of Yoga in the year 2014. He also informed the participants about the immense benefits of Yoga which touches the Physical, mental, emotional, intellectual and spiritual aspects of life and it provides a holistic approach to people’s health and well-being. Yoga is advised for several chronic diseases like Heart disease, diabetes and asthma, etc. He further deliberated the importance of Shankarachaya Gate which is also called the “Gateway of Nepal”. He mentioned, “There is a belief that centuries ago, Swami Narayan Ji had visited through Shankaracharya Gate for Mukti Dham”. 

4. He highlighted about the G20 presidency accepted by India since December, 2022 which also has the theme “Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam” which means “One Earth, One Family and One Future”. He also informed the participants about SCO (Shanghai Cooperation Organization) summit which will be hosted by India on July 04, 2023 and informed about its theme i.e. SECURE: Security, Economy, Connectivity, Unity, Respect and Environment. Further, he deliberated about the International Year of Millets 2023 which was proposed by Government of India under the Presidency of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi to the UN General Assembly and its approval. He reiterated Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi’s vision to make IYM 2023 a “People’s Movement” alongside positioning India as the Global Hubs for Millets.

5. Ms. Neetu Chopra-Free flying Eagle, India’s first woman to ride solo scooter from Kashmir to Kanyakumari, a distance of 4600 Kms in 18 days was felicitated during the occasion and deliberated that “Girls do not need to be empowered, they already are. They just need it to be realized.” She is currently on a mission of travelling 5 countries without spending any money of her own including no penny for the petrol.

6. The entire session was broadcasted live on the official Youtube Channel of Consulate i.e. @CGI Birgunj Some Photographs of the event are enclosed for appropriate use.

June 21, 2023
Birgunj (Nepal)


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