COIMBATORE(TN): Expressing thedelight over teh ancient Indian discipline of Yoga, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today called the efforts to protect nature and mold human activities to bring them in sync with ecological surroundings.
He also termed unity over diversity as the specialty an strength of the Indian Culture.
"This (Maha Shivaratri celebrations) symbolizes a spirit of vigilance, that we have protect nature and molded our activities in sync with ecological surroundings," he said addressing a gathering after unveiling a mammoth 112 feet burst of 'Adiyogi' Lord Shiva at Isha Yga Foundation here.
Underlining the coexistence, Modi said, "Lord Shuva is verywhere" and reffered to the bull, peacock and mouse that were the vehicles of the Lord and his sons-- Ganapathy and Karthik. He also talked about the venomous snake Vasuki curled around Shiva's neck to emphasize the importance of peaceful coexistence.
He asked people to remain united, insisting unity in diversity was special to Indian culture.
Praising the ancient practice of Yoga, whose goal is to bring the practitioner's body, mind and spirit in tune with each other, Modi told the gathering that by "practicing Yoga, a spirit of oneness is created.
"This is Yoga, Yoga is a journey from me to we,"he said , emphasizing India's biggest strength was its diversity.
Modi begin his speech by greeting people in Tamil "Ungal Ellorukkum En Anbana Vanakkam," (My loving greetings to all).
The Founder of Isha Foundation, Jaggi Vasudev, said the bust of 'Adiyogi' was built in eight months. He also lauded Modi for practicing Yoga.
Before unveiling the giant 'Adiyogi' bust, Modi lighted the "Maha Yoga Yogna" and released the book 'Adiyoga:The Source of Yoga', which deals with yogic science.
Modi also visited other places in the Isha Yoga Complex, including the Dhyana Linga, Surya Kund, Nandi statue and the inner and outer corridor (prakars) by Sadhguru Vasudev.
The Prime Minister offered aarti and showed flowers petals over the Dhyana Linga.
He later sat in the Dhyana Linga mandapam, where a yogic dance and Sanskriti shlokas.
Tamil Nadu Governor Ch Vidhyasagar Rao and Rao and Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami received Modi on his arrival here.
Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan, Union Minister Pon Radhakrishnan and Poundcherry Lt Governor Kiren Bedi also attended the event.
The statue and the foundation are located in th foothills of Velliangiri mountains in the Western Ghats.
The Bust was unveiled to coincide with Maha Shivaratri celebrations.