Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday urged everyone to make Yoga a part of their lives and said that it has played a big role in connecting the world with India.(International Yoga Day)
“Many countries which do not know our language, tradition, or culture, are now connecting to India through Yoga. The practice, which connects body, mind and soul, has played a big role in binding the world too,” PM Modi said while leading the third International Yoga Day celebrations in Lucknow.
Here are the top 10 points on International Yoga Day celebrations:
1. Donning a white t-shirt and loose trousers, Modi also performed asanas along with over 50,000 yoga enthusiasts braving early morning drizzles.
2. “Earlier, Yoga was only restricted to saints and seers in the Himalayan mountains. Now, it has become part of every person’s life,” he said in his address.
3. The Prime Minister — who participated in celebrations in Delhi in 2015 and Chandigarh in 2016 — has appealed to three generations of families to perform Yoga together, take a picture and upload it online.
4. It rained in Delhi too this morning, as thousands gathered clutching umbrellas or wrapped in raincoats to do yoga. In Lucknow, people were seen using yoga mats as umbrellas and raincoats as yoga mats.
5. Union ministers Venkaiah Naidu and Vijay Goel, Delhi Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and the BJP’s presidential nominee, Ram Nath Kovind, joined the celebrations in Delhi’s Connaught Place.
6. Other senior union ministers led yoga sessions in different parts of the country.
7. In Ladakh, jawans of the Indo-Tibetan Border Police performed a yoga session at 18,000 feet and a temperature of minus 25 degrees Celsius.
8. Officers of the Indian Navy held yoga events on board the aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya and at the naval dockyard in Mumbai.
9. Over 200 million people were estimated to have participated in the event last year, a figure the government hopes to beat this year.
10. International Yoga Day is being celebrated in nearly 180 nations. Some of them, including China and UK, have scheduled events through the week.
Three years ago, Modi had persuaded the United Nations to declare June 21 as the International Yoga Day. Since then, thousands of people hold yoga programmes across the world on this day.
A tight security cordon was put in place around the venue, while all arterial roads were under strict CCTV vigil.