As it happened: In Chandigarh, PM Modi leads Yoga Day celebrations

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Jun 21, 2016 10:55 IST
PM Narendra Modi performs yoga in Chandigarh. (ANI Photo)

Thousands joined Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday to celebrate the second International Yoga Day, performing postures of the ancient discipline across the country.

Addressing people at the Capitol Complex in Chandigarh before a mass yoga session, Modi said people in all parts of the nation people have been connected to yoga. He announced two awards -- international-level and national-level -- for good work on yoga. He said the awards will be given to the recipients on the next Yoga Day.

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At least 7,000 security personnel, including 4,000 paramilitary jawans and 3,000 officers of Chandigarh Police, are guarding the venue. The Union Territory administration, along with Ayush ministry, spent over Rs 14 crore on the event and the four-day yoga festival held in different areas of Chandigarh.

As Modi performs yoga along with thousands of people at the Capitol Complex in Chandigarh, 57 of his cabinet colleagues lead this year’s programmes that include mass yoga events, workshops and seminars in other cities across the country. Around 10 ministers are in poll-bound Uttar Pradesh to lead these programmes.

President Pranab Mukherjee kics off Yoga Day celebrations at Rashtrapati Bhavan. (Photo: @RashtrapatiBhvn)

Union home minister Rajnath Singh performs yoga in Lucknow. (ANI Photo)

US Ambassador Richard Rahul Verma performs yoga at US Embassy in Delhi. (ANI Photo)

CRPF personnel at yoga camp in Gaya, Bihar. (ANI Photo)

Yoga on board INS Airavat out at sea. (Photo courtesy- @indiannavy on Twitter)

The United Nations General Assembly declared June 21 as the International Day of Yoga in December 2014. Over 190 countries, including 40 Islamic nations, supported the move to have a special day for yoga.

The first International Yoga Day was observed across the world on June 21 last year with Modi performing yoga along with 36,000 people at New Delhi’s historic Rajpath.

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