New Delhi: Dec 14; Google's doodle today honours BKS Iyengar, one of the foremost Yoga teachers in India, on his 97th birth anniversary. Through a fun, animated doodle which features an old man identical to Iyengar flitting between different Yoga 'asanas' (postures) between the letters of G-O-O-G-L-E, the search engine giant said, "BKS Iyengar, it's been said, could hold a headstand for nearly half an hour well into his eighties."
Iyengar was born on December 14, 1918 in Bellur in Karnataka. He founded his own yoga style known as 'Iyengar Yoga'.
He was regarded as one of the best yoga gurus in the world and has authored several books on yoga like Light on Pranayama, Light on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, and Light on Life.
For his immense contribution to the yoga, he was awarded the Padma Shri in 1991, the Padma Bhushan in 2002 and the Padma Vibhushan in 2014.
Not only that, he was, in 2004, named one of the 100 most influential people in the world by Time magazine,
On 20 August 2014, Iyengar died in Pune from heart failure and renal failure. He was 95-year-old.