|It is a fact that the sun provides the energy that makes life possible on the earth.( a picture by Surya Savarnika Manavu Ashramam)|
Surya or the Sun God has been given greatest importance from the Rig veda period which seens divinity in the whole of the creation. The Surya or Sun called as PratyakSha Bhagavan i.e God who can be perceived by our naked eyes. It is a fact that the sun provides the energy that makes life possible on the earth. Surya Namaskara is a Traditional form of Worship to the Sun God and each of the 12 poses has a specific mantra that the practitioner may optionally recite mentally .Even though Surya Namaskara is not mentioned in the earlier Yogic Texts . as it is considered by the Yoga Gurus(Masters) as a potent exercise whose energizing benefits are seen both on the body and mind. So gradually Surya Namaskar practise has been considered as one of the best Yoga practise, in the World.
As per Sri Sunil Daman, in an article which has been published in 'patheos' Hindu channel " It was a landslide victory for India at the UN General Assembly when the United Nations declared June 21st as International Yoga Day (or World Yoga Day). This came after Prime Minister Narendra Modi had urged the world community to celebrate yoga at the international level, in his maiden speech at the UNGA in September 2014. He had said, “yoga is an invaluable gift of our ancient tradition. It is not about exercise, it’s a path through which an individual can discover his sense of oneness with nature. It embodies unity, unity of the mind and the body, thought and action, restraint and fulfilment. On the whole, it’s a holistic approach to health and well being.” . So as Surya Namaskar is also part of Yoga practise , the Inter national Yoga Day i.e 21 june may be considered as Surya Namaskara Day. Here remember able point is June 21st is Summer Solistice i.e Longest day of the year. Solistice gets its name from the latin for Sol(sun)and sistere(to stand still0. So "world Yoga day" is nothing but "Surya Namaskar Day".
|:The First Surya Namaskar Yoga Pose:Pranaamasana (Mantra isOm Hraam ‘Udhyannadhyamitramahaha’ Mitraya Namaha (Mitra - friend)|