PM Modi unveils 112 ft bust of Lord Shiva

PM also addressed the audience and said that "Rejecting an idea just because its ancient, can be potentially harmful".

"There is ample evidence that practicing yoga can help chronic conditions".

Around 500 workers of outfits including Dravidar Kazhagam, Thanthai Periyar Dravidar Kazhagam, TMC, MDMK, Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi, Revolutionary Youth Front, SDPI, and Federation of Tamil Nadu Farmers' Association, participated in the demonstration, police said adding all were arrested.

Describing yoga as the "most potent peace weapon" in the world, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said it is also the passport for health assurance.

On the occasion of Maha Shivratri, PM Modi today unveiled a 112-foot tall statue of Lord Shiva in Coimbatore.

PM Modi arrived at the Sulur airport around 5:30 PM and via then he left to the venue via helicopter which is 25 km from away from Coimbatore. "If body is the temple of mind, Yoga creates a handsome temple and that is why I call Yoga the passport to health assurance not insurance", he said.

He said yoga makes the individual a better person in thought, action, knowledge and devotion and it would be very unfair to see yoga only as a set of exercises that keeps the body fit.

Sources in Isha Foundation said the bust Modi will inaugurate would be the largest of its kind in the world. "Diversity is not a cause of conflict". He said Yoga was about "rog mukthi" (freedom from diseases) as well as "bhog mukthi" (freedom from worldly greed). He said Yoga has the potential to hearld a "new era of peace, brotherhood and all-round progress of human race". The statue has been constructed at the premises of Isha Foundation and is dedicated to Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev, the founder of the organization.

  • Leroy Wright