LUCKNOW/ NEW DELHI : Prime Minister Narendra Modi rolled out his yoga mat at Lucknow’s Ambedkar Sabha Sthal to lead the celebrations on the 3rd International Yoga Day.
He took part in the International Yoga Day celebrations at the Ramabai Ambedkar Maidan here. The event was also attended by Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and thousands of people.
Dressed in a white T-shit and loose white trousers, Prime Minister Narendra Modi greeted the people from the stage he shared with Yogi Adityanath.”I welcome all yoga lovers present here and those performing yoga in various corners of the world. Today, yoga has become a part of so many lives. Yoga’s popularity out of India is high and it has connected the world with India,” PM Modi said.
Despite the rain, the streets of Delhi’s Connaught Place wore a festive look as old and young rolled out colourful mats. Programmes were also held at Lodhi Garden, Nehru Park, Talkatora Garden and India Gate.
Union ministers Venkaiah Naidu and Vijay Goel, Delhi Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and NDA’s presidential nominee Ram Nath Kovind took part in the celebrations in Connaught Place.Other senior ministers are leading yoga sessions in different parts of the country.
“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.He also asserted that attaining “wellness” through yoga was more important than simply being physically fit.
“It is not important to perform yoga for 24 hours. 50 or 60 minutes (is fine) because it lends harmony to the body, mind and intellect. If 1.25 billion Indians and people around the world can attain this state of well-being, then humankind can also tide over problems born out of human thoughts,” he said.
Yoga helps to unite people, U P Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said.”Yoga is an ancient Indian practice and all ancient scriptures including the Vedas have accepted the importance of yoga. Yoga is a way of life and helps to unite people,” Adityanath said.
Thousands could be seen clutching umbrellas or wrapped in raincoats. In Lucknow, people were seen using yoga mats as umbrellas and raincoats as yoga mat. In Ladakh, at a height of 18000 feet and a temperature of minus 25 degrees, the Indo-Tibetan Border Police jawans held a yoga session.