Jammu and Kashmir’s biggest yoga center is all set to come up in Udhampur’s Mantalai. It is being built by National Projects Construction Corporation (NPCC) and it is expected that the centre would be completed by March 2021. The total cost of the project is Rs 9782 lakh.
Interestingly, the place was once famous for Dhirendra Brahmachari’s yoga center Aparna, whose dilapidated building still exists there. It is to be noted that Dhirendra Brahmachari was the yoga teacher of former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi. After Brahmachari’s death the property was taken over by government of the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir.
Deputy commissioner Udhampur Dr Piyush Singla told WION,”Yoga is part of life. Mantalai area has been famous for yoga activities because of yoga preacher Dhirender Bhramchari. To give a fillip to area, govt launched international Mantalai yoga center. Yoga center will give a filip to religious and tourist destination.”